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What happened to the Hathras victim?

Ritika Gusaiwal

ByRitika Gusaiwal

Oct 6, 2020

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87 cases occur every day and 405861 cases of crime against women in the year 2019 in India, 7% rise from 2018  shows the latest data released by the national crime record bureau. According to data, 6,519 cases of crime against women were registered just by Mumbai Police in 2019 and it ranks second after Delhi that registered 12,905 cases while Uttar Pradesh 59,853 has the highest number of cases. Maharashtra at 37,144 ranks third after Rajasthan 41,550.

Mumbai, the Mayanagri, where everyone comes to fulfill their dreams, has the highest number of sexual harassment incidents on public transport.

On 14 September, in the village of Hathras, a 19-year-old girl, who belonged to the Dalit community, was raped while working in the fields by 4 people. The name of four accused who were involved in this Gang rape are Sandeep, Ramu, Lavkush, and Ravi.

She fought till her last breath, unfortunately, she died on 29th September 2020. The media went crazy after her death.

On average, there are 87 rape cases in a day but only a few cases are highlighted and this is one of them. Do you know why? It was not just a case a rape, it was a caste battle. A person from a higher caste raped a Dalit girl.

In an interrogation, she narrated the whole incident about how she was in the hospital. She said, “They tried to rape me once before. I escaped somehow. Then Ravi called someone and said, Did something happened or not..

To add to the grave injustice, the UP Police was accused of burning her body without the consent of her family.

The forensic report later revelated that no semen were found in her body, implying there was no attempt to rape. It should be noted that in Parminder alias Lodke Pol vs. the State of Delhi , Supreme Court said that the presence of semen is not necessary to prove that it is rape.

In the Allahabad high court, it is said that, Right to decent and dignified last rites which means that even after the death the family has the right to do final rites.

The report prepared by JNMCH (Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital (JNMCH), recorded various details of the crime, provided that the nineteen-year-old girl died because of actions like “penetration of the penis” and “strangulated by her dupatta”. It also found ‘quadriparesis’: a condition characterized by weakness of all forelimbs including both legs and hands and ‘paraplegic’ in Women’s body that caused a ‘sensory loss’ in lower limb by the hand of her hips.

The case has now become a mass issue. Police, politicians and others are under pressure. It is high time that the society takes cognizance of such cases and prevent any further harm.