Hathras rape victim’s family living in house arrest-like condition, says civil rights body


The Hathras rape victim’s family is living in conditions similar to house arrest and they fear for their life once the CRPF protection is withdrawn, claimed civil rights body People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL).

Police protection outside the Hathras victim’s family. (File photo: PTI)

The Hathras rape victim’s family is living in conditions similar to house arrest and they fear for their life once the CRPF protection is withdrawn, claimed civil rights body People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL).

PUCL has released a report on the ongoing investigation into the Hathras rape case and the civil rights body has also demanded security and rehabilitation for the family using the Nirbhaya fund.

The 19-year-old Dalit woman was gang-raped by a group of men while she was working on the farm fields with her family in Hathras. The young woman was left to die on the fields with her grievous injuries. The rape victim died after two weeks at a Delhi hospital on September 14.

The death triggered massive protests and outrage across the country with allegations of police inaction and a hurried cremation of the body in the absence of the victim’s family.

Now, PUCL has released a report on the state of the investigation into the Hathras case. The Hathras victim’s family is in a way under house arrest conditions and their normal social life has been cut off, PUCL members Kamal Singh, Farman Naqvi, Alok, Shashikant and K B Maurya told reporters on Saturday.

The civil rights group also said that the Hathras family fear for their lives once the CRPF cover is withdrawn. PUCL has also demanded action against Hathras DM Praveen Kumar, SP Vikram Veer and the area SHO.

The PUCL members said action should also be taken against those responsible for “defaming” the woman’s family. They demanded that cases lodged for the alleged bid to incite violence in the name of the incident should be brought under the ongoing CBI investigation.

(With PTI inputs)



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