Hathras Case: Uttar Pradesh Police Claims No Signs Of Rape, Victim’s Family Demands CBI Probe Amid Pressure
The family of the 19-year-old Dalit woman who succumbed to her injuries at a Delhi hospital after she was allegedly gangraped in Hathras on Thursday alleged they were being pressured by the district administration against repeatedly changing their statement.
The Uttar Pradesh police, on the other hand, claimed that the forensic report has revealed that the woman was not raped.
The father of the woman, whose death has triggered a massive outrage in the country and sharp criticism for the Uttar Pradesh government, said he was being pressured by government officials and demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the matter.
The father, around 50, claimed that he was pressured into going to a police station where the district magistrate and police officials made three members of his family sign some document.
“But we are not satisfied with this. My daughter's case should be probed by the CBI and monitored by a Supreme Court judge. We are under pressure from officials and confined to our home while the media has also been disallowed from meeting us,” he said in a purported video shared by Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Twitter.
The development came as a video surfaced purportedly showing Hathras District Magistrate Praveen Kumar Laxkar meeting the family at their home, where he allegedly asked the woman’s father to reconsider if he wants to stick with the statement or change it.
“You should not destroy your credibility. About the media, I must tell you, half of them have left today the other half would leave by tomorrow morning... two or four more days maybe. Only we are standing by your side, alright. Now, it is up to you whether you want to change your statement repeatedly or not,” DM Laxkar tells the victim's father according to the video on social media.
Police Claims No Rape
Meanwhile, Laxkar cited the forensic report and said the cause of the victim’s death is an injury on the neck and trauma resulting due to it.
"The report of the FSL has come. It says clearly that samples did not have sperm. It makes clear that there was no rape or gang rape," Kumar said. "Even the woman in her statement to police did not mention about rape but talked about 'marpeet' (beating) only."
Last week, Hathras ASP Prakash Kumar had told mediapersons that initially the accused were booked for attempt to murder under Section 307 of the IPC. Later, on receiving more inputs, Section 376-D (gangrape) of the IPC was added to the FIR, he had said.
The Hathras SP, however, did not say anything about the medical examination report. He said it was in a sealed envelope and had not been seen.
On Thursday, Kumar also said some people presented wrong facts to disturb social harmony and create caste violence in the state.
The officer said taking note of the matter, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had constituted a special investigation team to probe the incident.