Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has cracked the whip on Hathras Police on Friday and ordered suspension of Superintendent of Police Vikrant Vir and two others in the gang-rape case of the 19-year-old Dalit woman who passed away in Delhi on September 29. The action comes soon after the CM said the Uttar Pradesh government is committed to the safety of all women.
The Special Investigation Team, which was set up to look into the case, has submitted an initial report which calls for the suspension of the senior police officials who “mismanaged” the case. The SIT has also asked for a lie-detector tests of all involved in the case, including the family members.
On September 29, a Dalit girl from Hathras who was brought to Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi succumbed to her injuries caused by alleged sexual assault. The last rites of the woman was hurriedly done at 3am where no family members was reportedly present. On September 14, the woman was allegedly gang-raped by four upper caste men when she went out to collect fodder.
Police claimed no evidence of rape has been found in the initial medical report and the forensic report. On Friday, police barred the family members of the victim from speaking to media.
Amid nationwide outrage against the lawlessness of Uttar Pradesh, the action of Hathras police — be it in furtively conducting the funeral or barricading the village to stop media — has raised several questions. The Opposition has demanded the resignation of the chief minister, while BJP veteran Uma Bharti denounced the action of the police and asked Yogi Adityanath to allow entry of politicians to the village.