Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra expressed concern over the delay in ensuring justice to the Hathras rape victim who died exactly a year ago.
In a tweet posted on Tuesday, Priyanka stated that it has been exactly a year since the incident took place but instead of getting justice, the victim's family has been receiving threat, not to mention that the victim was denied a proper cremation and the entire state machinery was involved in maligning the girl's character.
"How can one even expect sensitivity from a government that is not concerned about women's security and safety? The anti-women mentality of the chief minister who has said ‘women should not be given freedom’ is known to everyone," she tweeted.
On September 14 last year, a 19-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly gang-raped by four youths belonging to the Thakur caste -- Sandip, Ravi, Ramu and Luvkush -- at a village in Hathras. She was strangled with her dupatta and after being shifted to Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital for specialised treatment, she succumbed to her injuries two weeks later.
After outrage from the media and of course the opposition parties, a CBI probe was ordered and the probe agency filed a charge-sheet in a special court in Hathras on December 19 last year. The probe agency indicted the named accused of gang-rape and murder along with charges under Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The investigators rejected several statements by state government officials and the UP Police that disputed the rape charge.
On March 5, 2021, during the trial in the Hathras court, a group of people, including lawyers, threatened the victim’s family members and their counsel in the courtroom. The court ordered security for the victim’s family but one year has elapsed since the case was reported but the family is still waiting for justice.