The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will probe the gang-rape and murder of a 19-year-old woman by a group of four upper-caste men in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras. The central agency is set to dispatch its probe teams and forensic experts to the crime scene immediately after the registration of an FIR, according to officials.
Amid nationwide outrage over the case, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had recommended a CBI inquiry into the case. UP police and government have been on the receiving hand of severe criticism by opposition over its handling of the case. The victim’s family had said that the police locked them up in their home and cremated the body in their absence. However, the police denied the charges and said cremation was done only after family’s approval in a bid to avoid further tension. It further said that the family was present at the time of last rites of the victim.
The 19-year-old Dalit woman was assaulted by four upper-caste men in her village on September 14. She was referred to Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital in an extremely critical condition where she succumbed to her injuries on September 29, two weeks after the incident . The four accused have been booked on charges of murder and gang-rape under the SC/ST Act. The accused have said that they are not guilty and that the victim was beaten up by her mother and brother on September 14.
Following the incident, The Uttar Pradesh police had accused the family of lying and claimed that there was no rape as no sperms were found in her forensic report. The experts differed with police and said that the absence of sperms did not mean that there was no rape. The sample was collected after a delay of 11 days and the sperms would not be there in the sample by that time.