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    UP's Hathras rape victim 'forcibly' cremated in dead of night

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    Protest and outrage over the death of a 19-year old Dalit gangrape victim from Hathras amplified on Wednesday after the victim’s kin alleged the administration forcibly cremated her in the dead of night at 2:30 am and video footage from multiple sources suggested the same.

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    Lucknow: Protest and outrage over the death of a 19-year old Dalit gangrape victim from Hathras amplified on Wednesday after the victim’s kin alleged the administration forcibly cremated her in the dead of night at 2:30 am and video footage from multiple sources suggested the same. The local administration and UP police, however, denied the allegations.

    The government formed a special investigation team to probe the gangrape case and said the matter will be pursued in a fast-track court. Under fire from all quarters, UP CM Yogi Adityanath said PM Modi spoke to him and directed him to take the strictest action against the culprits. He also spoke to the father of the deceased and promised the harshest punishment to the criminals and said all possible help will be extended by the government, said additional chief secretary, home, Awanish Awasthi.

    After a day marked with widespread protests, the mortal remains of the victim were brought to her village Chandpa on Tuesday night. The family said they had wished to bring the body home and cremate the girl in the morning in the presence of their relatives and kin, according to Hindu rituals, but the administration “pressurised” them and the girl was cremated in the night itself, by the police officials, without the presence of even her most immediate family members, including her father.

    Prashant Kumar, ADG (law and order), said in a statement that it was because the body was “putrefying” that the cremation was done at night. He said, however, the consent of the family was taken and the details of the post-mortem would be out soon. “The BJP government has both sinned and committed a crime by doing this,” said SP chief Akhilesh Yadav.
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    3 Comments on this Story

    Bangalore Shankar24 days ago
    All political parties have its a percentage of members with criminal records. And it is always tribal system, particular group or a particular party member. Police should be given free hand without political patronage.
    Sankaramani25 days ago
    Why only this girl that too in UP alone draw the attention of the whole media when heinous crimes more serious are happening in all parts of this country. Are others are not humane?Any atrocities against woman must be condemned by all and culprits punished severely as per law. Even in crimes, caste and community and ruling party matters in India.
    SkyWalker 26 days ago
    Gunda Raj is running riot in Uttar Pradesh and the CM is absolute waste
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