The Hathras gangrape case has taken a new turn as the four accused have made a sensational claim of the victim’s family beating her up. The four accused including Sandeep Singh, have written a letter to the police and investigating agencies claiming innocence and that all the allegations leveled against them are false. He blamed the victim’s family for the murder, accusing them of falsely implicating him in the case.
Sandeep Singh has written in the letter that the 19-year-old victim was his good friend and he would often talk to her on the phone, but the victim’s family was against their friendship and had raised objections to it. They have killed their daughter. He said he came to know from the villagers that the girl was beaten up by her family members. She had suffered severe injuries due to beating and later died. He has written that on the day of the incident on September 14, he met the girl in the field where she was working with her family.
The four accused, Lavkush, Ravi, Ramkumar alias Ramu and Sandeep alias Chandu have signed the letter and have said that they are innocent. The Aligarh jail authorities have confirmed that they have written a letter to the jail superintendent.
The 19-year-old Dalit woman was abducted from the field and gangraped by four upper caste men on September 14. She had gone missing and was found later on September 29 by her family. She had suffered multiple injuries in her cervical spine and a gash on her tongue. She was lying in the field, paralysed.
The victim died in a Delhi hospital on September 29. Her body was then cremated in the dead of night by UP police allegedly against the family wishes who were confined in their house. The incident triggered shock and massive outrage across the country with opposition slamming the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh of inaction.