Hathras Case: CBI takes over probe from UP Police

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Hathras Case Update
Hathras Case Update

New Delhi : The Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) has taken over the gangrape and murder case of a 20-year-old Dalit girl in Hathras by four men of so-called "upper caste".

The case had attracted a nationwide criticism after a series of dramatic events like cremating the victim's body in night, blocking media from reaching the family members and others. Allahabad High Court had pulled the UP government over this, following which Yogi Adityanath had called for a CBI probe in the matter.

Major protests are being held across the nation, demanding justice for the victim girl. Ruling BJP party in the state have tagged these protests as "political stunts".

The 20-year-old woman allegedly was assaulted by four men of her village on September 14. She died two weeks later after sustaining horrific injuries in a savage assault that many have compared to the 2012 gang rape in the national capital - a crime that triggered nationwide protests and calls for stricter laws to prevent crimes against women.

UP Police, citing the forensic report, claimed that there was no rape in the matter. The claim, however, has been challenged by experts as the sample was taken 11 days after the assault.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's administration has also been accused of trying to cover up the crime blamed on "upper caste" Thakurs. The police, meanwhile, have filed 19 FIRs - not against the accused - but against "unknown people" for a conspiracy to defame the state government.