The forensic report on the 19-year-old Hathras victim has stated that there were “no signs suggestive of intercourse”. The report is in line with the Uttar Pradesh police’s version that she was not raped or gang-raped. The report released by Agra’s Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) said that the samples did not contain any sperm.
Last Thursday, the state police had claimed that on the basis of the viscera sample of the woman, it was found that she was not raped. The police had said that the post-mortem report revealed that the victim had died due to a neck injury and that people were trying to stir caste-based tension and twisting the facts.
According to experts, the possibility of rape cannot be ruled out as samples were sent to the Agra forensic lab after 11 days and sperm would not be present in the sample by that time. It is important to note that the victim’s samples were collected on September 22 at an Aligarh hospital. She had recorded her statement on the same day from the hospital bed.
The young Dalit woman was allegedly assaulted in her village by four upper-caste men on September 14. She was found naked with multiple injuries by her family. The Uttar Pradesh police is facing popular outrage for its handling of the case. The police has repeatedly said that there was no rape or gang-rape and that the family was lying. The victim’s family has accused the administration of threatening and intimidating them. The cremation of the victim in the night in the absence of any family member resulted in a huge uproar with the case getting widespread attention on national media.
The case was handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation by the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government. Three police officers were also suspended by the UP government.