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Hathras Rape: India Outraged Against UP Cops For Victims Cremation

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Hathras Rape Tragedy: UP Cops Cremated Victim's Body

The death of the 20-year-old Dalit woman, who was allegedly raped by four upper-caste men in Hathras district in Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital was cremated by policemen in her village last night, while her family was locked up in their home.

News of her death after fighting for her life for two weeks led to protests outside the hospital on Tuesday, with the ‘Bhim Army’ of Chandrashekhar Azad “Raavan” blocking roads for hours and protesters chanting “hang the rapists”. The postmortem of the woman was conducted in the presence of police personnel, and the victim’s brothers alleged that her body was taken away by the police without their knowledge.

Meanwhile, on social media, there has been an outpouring of grief and anger from politicians, celebrities, and common men.

The woman’s body was brought to her village- Hathras in Uttar Pradesh in the late night, and the police put pressure on the woman’s family to cremate her body immediately, said the victim’s brother.

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When the family refused to do the same, the body was taken in an ambulance and cremated without letting the parents see her one last time.

However, a senior district administration official, denied the allegation, saying the family’s consent was taken.

A disturbing sequence of events captured in late-night visuals show the victims family arguing with cops, relatives throwing themselves on the hood of the ambulance that carried the body, and the woman’s mother weeping helplessly after the cremation.

Police formed a human chain to prevent the protesting crowds, the family, and the media from getting close to the cremation spot.

UP Police has claimed that Hathras victim was attacked and allegedly strangulated by four accused which caused damage to her nervous system and left her paralyzed.

Speaking to media, Hathras SP Vikrant Vir stated that no signs of sexual assault were found on the victim’s body by doctors, and reports of her tongue being cut were also false.

“No signs of sexual assault were confirmed by doctors in either Hathras or Aligarh. The matter will be probed by doctors through forensic help. No signs of abrasion were found on the victim’s private parts,” the Hathras SP said.

Reacting to the allegation for the delay in probe he said the woman’s family had complained of molestation and assault on September 14. She was shifted to Aligarh where she regained consciousness and gave a statement in which accused three more people and also alleged gangrape. Following this, an FIR was registered, and the accused were arrested.

The police officer also denied claims that the Hathras gangrape victim’s tongue was cut or that her backbone was shattered.

Her attackers are arrested, and a fast-track court is set up to begin hearing the case immediately. The Uttar Pradesh Government on Wednesday assured and constituted a three-member special investigation team (SIT) to probe into the Hathras gangrape case. CM Yogi Adhityanath said the SIT had been asked to submit its report within seven days.

Wednesday, late evening Yogi Adhityanath spoke to the Hathras victim’s father, wherein he requested CM for the harshest penalty against the accused.

The horrendous incident has sparked anger across the nation, and activists demand explanation from police as to why they took the “inhumane decision.”

Meanwhile, Dalit activists have shut down the main market in Hathras and are demanding action against police officers and are agitated over how police handled the investigation.

Several opposition leaders have condemned the incident, calling it “shameful and unjust.”

Something Is not right:

The delay in the arrest of the accused, shifting the body of the woman without family’s consent from the hospital, statement of the police that there is no proof about the rape, heinous way of cremation all just points out to some hidden agenda behind the event.

Rape In India:

India has witnessed a rise in the number of sexual assault cases since the 2012 Delhi Nirbhaya attack.

In 2018, India’s average rape rate (per 1,00,000 population) was 5.2, the same as the previous year. However, the latest report by National Crime Records Bureau shows India recorded an average 87 rape cases every day in 2019 and 4,05,861 cases of crimes against women during the year — a rise of over seven per cent from 2018.

The “Crimes in India -2019” report shows that crimes against women went up by 7.3 per cent last year. The crime rate registered per lakh women population in India is 62.4 per cent in 2019, a rise from the 58.8 per cent figure of 2018.

The report shows that Assam records the highest rate of crimes against women at 117.8 per lakh population, while Uttar Pradesh also had the highest number of crimes against girl children under the POCSO Act with 7,444 cases.

Dalits are some of India’s most oppressed citizens because of an unforgiving Hindu caste hierarchy that condemns them to the bottom of the ladder. Despite laws that protect them, discrimination remains a daily reality for the Dalit population, thought to number around 200 million.

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Nine-Year-Old Girl Raped And Murdered In Nangal; Family Asks For Capital Punishment

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The nine-year-old girl was cremated on Aug.1, 2021, without seeking her parents’ permission. The parent’s suspects’ it was rape as her mother was kept away while the priest performed the cremation. The Chief of Bhim Army, Chandrasekhar Azad, has reached their parents and offered legal and financial help.

The villagers have been protesting against the incident and blocked the Containment Roads’ towards the Janakpuri. They are demanding the accused to be hanged to death. The Senior police officer, Joint Commissioner Jaspal Singh, and DCP Ingit Pratap Singh visited the protesting site. They assured the villagers’ justice for the girl and her family. 

While speaking with villagers, Singh said, “All the four accused Radhey Shyam (55), the priest, Kuldeep Kumar (63), Laxmi Narain (48) and Mohammad Salim (49) are in prison. Also, A medical team of 3 members have been set up to carry out of the Autopsy of remaining’s of the girl. And an ACP ranked Officer will investigate the case”. He also requested villagers to give written grievances to Police officers.

The victim’s mother doubts that her daughter had been raped, and thus she was cremated without their permission. The rape charges were not added in the case in the Initial stage. But the rape charges were added after the SC/ST committee visited and spoke with the parents, the Officer leading the case. The Victim identity is kept hidden as per the guidelines of the supreme court and to give privacy to family and avoid media trials. 

“As per current details found by CCTV footage, the girl was seen entering the cremation location around 5 PM and the accused went looking for mother around 6 PM. The properties from the locations are taken for forensic tests and autopsy reports are in process,”. Said the officer-in-charge.

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Flood Wreaked Havoc On Madhya Pradesh.

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Many districts in Madhya Pradesh were hit by heavy flooding on August 3, 2021, due to an unparalleled 800mm rainfall in the past 24 hours. One thousand seven hundred and seventy-one villages are affected due to heavy floods. 

Heavy flooding in Sheopur, Madhya Pradesh, has affected more than a lack of people who have been stuck in the local river. There was a complete power cut, and the mobile network had been cut off since August 2, 2021. The everyday life of people living in the Niwadi and Tikamgarh districts has stopped due to heavy rainfall. The severe rain has been in Guna, Shivpuri, Sheopur, Morena, Datia, Gwalior and Chambal regions. The rivers like Chambal, Kwari, Sindh, Kuno, and Seep have overflowed above the danger mark. The bridge collapsed on river Sindh, near Ratanpur village as the water released from Harsi and Manikheda dams. Double-storey buildings of some areas submerged. 

According to locals, the mobile phones of all the authorities, newspaper offices and local TV channels had ceased. There was a power cut in the city. Rail services in the areas like Shivpuri and Gwalior are affected too. A 50-year-old Nurse, identified as Sumanlata Joshi, was electrocuted in Shivpuri town as an electric current ran into her flooded house in the Kamlaganj area. 

As per officials, three advanced light helicopters and a Russian-made Mi-17 chopper have been sent for rescue operations from the Indian Air Force station. Seven teams of the SDRF are posted in the Shivpuri district for rescue operations. The SDRF has deployed five and two of its units in the communities like Sheopur and Datia. One thousand six hundred people were saved by NDRF and SDRF teams, yet 200 villages are still stuck in the flooded areas.

The chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, said the speed of rain has reduced and there will be no terrible rains. They are trying to provide relief and evacuate the people in the affected areas as soon as possible.

The chief minister chaired an emergency meeting in Bhopal on the flood situation of the Gwalior-Chambal region. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan tweeted about Prime Minister Narendra Modi, assuring that the Centre will be providing all the help to Madhya Pradesh. The Chief Minister also said that he is very grateful to the Prime Minister for all the cooperation.

The Chief Minister said he held a meeting where he discussed the flood situation in Madhya Pradesh with the prime minister. The Chief Minister, too, discussed help from the Indian Army in the flood-hit areas. Also, they are informing Prime Minister Modi about the rescue operation in those areas. Mr Chouhan said they had shifted four troops of the Army in most flood-affected areas to evacuate more flood-affected people. The SDRF team is handling the situation very well. Ministers are monitoring the status of the problem. 

Union Minister Amit Shah Tweeted discussed the situation of Madhya Pradesh with CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The central government will provide all the help to the state. In this challenging situation, their government is standing with the people of the state.

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Dhanbad Judge Death, Spurs Concern About Threats Faced By Members Of Judiciary

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On July 28, 2021, Dhanbad Additional Sessions Judge Uttam Anand died preceding an alleged hit and run accident. The incident took place near his house when Mr Anand was out for his morning walk, and an auto-rickshaw hit him from behind, following which it drove away. Mr Anand was hospitalized by a passer-by, where he succumbed to his injuries. 

The accident is suspecting to be a case of hit and run until the CCTV footage of the accident was recovered, leading to a murder investigation. The video footage shows that the three-wheeler swerved in the Judge’s direction and drove away after knocking him down. A Special Investigations Team [SIT] is formed by the Jharkhand Chief Minister, Hemant Soren, to investigate the death of the Additional Session District judge. 

On July 31, 2021, Jharkhand’s Chief Minister Hemant Soren even took to Twitter to announce his decision to order a CBI probe into the matter. 

An officer-in-charge of Jharkhand’s Pathardih Police Station, Umesh Manjhi, is also suspended for not registering the concerned FIR on time. Sanjeev Kumar, Dhanbad SSP, has confirmed the same. The alleged murder of the Judge is a massive concern over the threats faced by the members of the Judiciary, especially by the trial judges across the country. 

The Supreme Court has taken up a Suo moto cognizance of Mr Anand’s demise, titled ‘In Re: Safeguarding courts and protecting [death of Additional Session Judge, Dhanbad]. Also, the bench led by the Chief Justice of India has expressed its concern over the stressful working conditions and threats amidst which the trial judges have to function.

“The Dhanbad case has wider ramifications. We are getting reports that judicial officers are under attack across the country. We want to examine this issue and may seek reports from the state.” Said the Chief Justice of India. 

The Jharkhand Government and the Director-General of Police are asked to submit the required documents and affidavits by the Supreme Court within the week. Also, the Supreme Court has declared the Suo moto would not interfere or hamper with the probe issued by the Jharkhand High Court into the Judge’s death. 

According to a source in Special Investigations Team [SIT], the three-wheeler drivers were under the influence of a sedative, Nitrosun 10 — a drug prescribed for patients suffering from anxiety disorders and illicit alcohol. 

As per police sources, four men were arrested, including the vehicle driver, the shopkeeper who sold them the drug, and the vehicle owner.

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