UP’s Hathras faces violence after the death of 22-year-old Dalit Hindu woman gang-raped by suspected Muslim perpetrators.
Hathras | Lucknow | Agencies | 15 July 2014:: Again a Dalit Muslim woman was gang raped by suspected Muslim perpetrators, when a politics of Dalit-Muslim unity is gradually worsening the situation of Dailts in Uttar Pradesh by their greedy Muslim counterparts. A massive outrage broke-out in Uttar Pradesh Hathras district post a 22-year-old gang-rape victim, who was set afire after raping, succumbed to her injuries. Furious people of the district staged protests and burnt the buses, trucks and other vehicles passing by the roads. They were expressing their fury as police hadn’t taken any steps against the accused and they were still roaming freely.
Uttar Pradesh Police said that on July 12, five men visited the victim at her husband’s home in Etawah and told her that her brother had sent them to fetch her. She was to accompany them to her parents’ home in Purvi Naurangabad near Sikander Rao in Hathras, they said. The unsuspecting woman went with the five men, who were later joined by two others.
Telling about the tragedy, victim’s father said that his daughter was set on fire after being gang-raped. He further revealed that he somehow doused the fire and rushed her to the hospital, where doctors told him that his daughter was 90 percent burnt and had very less chances of surviving.
The sources have confirmed that Mahila Police Station in-charge also went to the hospital to record victim’s statement in which she disclosed the names of the accused. However, the police didn’t show any haste in arresting the accused.
However, police lackluster approach in the case has irked the people of the district and they have begun expressing emotions violently on the roads. They were present at the roads along with the dead body of the victim.
Local people jammed the Etah-Aligarh highway, and the mob set vehicles on fire. Demonstrators also pelted stones at policemen, who resorted to lathicharge to quell the crowd. Police and personnel of the Provincial Armed Constabulary from Aligarh, Hathras and Agra districts were rushed to the spot.
The woman’s relatives said she was under depression, as the police, whom the family had approached on Sunday, had taken no immediate action.
Hathras SP Dipika Tiwari told a media that the victim, before dying, had recorded a statement in front of police.
At last an FIR has been registered against Zeeshan, Tullan, Vakeel, Taufeeq and some unidentified men, under Sections 376 (rape), 342 (wrongful confinement) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of the IPC.
Police is investigating the cause behind this rape of a Dalit woman, led by some Muslim perpetrators with an apparently jilted motivation.
Mohit Gupta, Aligarh SSP, who is also DIG in-charge, Hathras, said, “We had already arrested two people, and on the demand of the victim’s family, we conducted the post-mortem examination at night. But some anti-social elements tried to exploit the situation.”
Hathras DM Shamim Ahmed said there was no delay in lodging an FIR. He said his administration planned to lodge an FIR against the miscreants responsible for disturbing the law and order situation.
The district administration later convinced the victim’s kin to cremate her. The victim’s brother told a media, “She was my only sister. And her last rites were performed without the usual rituals.”
Meanwhile, the Samajwadi Party-led Uttar Pradesh government hasn’t made any remarks on the issue so far.
A lead to riot situation may be vitiated, if staunch action can not be taken to reveal the truth behind the truth of gang rape of a Dalit woman and also to punish the Muslim perpetrators already arrested and to be arrested in the related case under proper law and order. Communal tension is prevailing out of situation around Hathras and adjacent places. Protesting Hindu Dalits are being gradually disillusioned by the fake call of Dalit-Muslim unity automatized by both Samajwadi (read Namajwadi) Party and Bahujan Samaj Party.
Courtesy: TOI | Parda Phash | Agencies.