Amid tight security, the family of a 20-year-old woman allegedly gang-raped and tortured in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh, will appear in the Lucknow court of Allahabad High Court today. Two weeks after the alleged assault and torture, the woman died in a hospital in Delhi last month, sparking widespread outrage.
The family left Hathras this morning for Lucknow, about 380 km from the state capital Lucknow. “I am going with them. Adequate security arrangements have been made. The District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police are also with us.”
The UP Police on Sunday said about the security arrangements around the victim’s house. “There is adequate security for the victim’s family. The local police are in touch with the family and the surrounding villages. Authorities have held peace meetings in the surrounding villages and asked not to heed the rumors.” Senior police officer Vineet said. Jaiswal told ANI.
A 20-year-old woman from Hathras was allegedly gang-raped and attacked by four “high caste” men from her village. The state government has drawn severe criticism for handling the case compared to the 2012 gang rape in Delhi which required strict laws. Much of that criticism allegedly locked the victim’s victim’s family in their home, while the victim was cremated as soon as possible.
Senior government officials were summoned by the Allahabad High Court of Allahabad High Court on October 1 for alleged gang rape and murder of a 20-year-old woman and then forcibly cremated by the police.
A division bench of Judge Rajan Roy and Judge Jaspreet Singh ordered the Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary, the state police chief and an additional chief police officer to appear before him to explain the incident. The court ordered the district magistrate and superintendent of police of Hathras to inform the court, including the ongoing investigation.