The father and brother of the 20-year-old girl who was gang-raped and tortured by 4 males in UP’s Hathras two weeks in the past, and who died at a Delhi hospital this morning, are in the midst of an emotional stand-off with cops attempting to interrupt up their protest.
The younger girl’s household, together with a large number of sympathisers and activists, are camped outdoors town’s Safdarjung Hospital demanding to be informed of the placement of her physique.
Visuals from the hospital exterior present a whole bunch of individuals gathered round a black Scorpio SUV with UP quantity plates, wherein a lone police officer is sitting. Amid a variety of shouting and shoving, cops will be seen attempting to regulate the state of affairs.
The household has claimed that they’re being pressured to return to Hathras because the authorities attempt to get rid of the girl’s physique in secret. Earlier the cops had managed to pressure the daddy into the automobile, however the girl’s brother had refused and continued his protest outdoors.
Later visuals confirmed that the daddy too had exited the automobile.
The household has refused to budge until they’re informed of the whereabouts of the girl’s physique and are assured justice – that the 4 males accused of her gang-rape, torture and now homicide will likely be punished.
The police say that the protests launched by the daddy and brother have now change into unmanageable, notably in the course of the Covid pandemic. The protesters, the cops say, will not be following social distancing guidelines and few, if any, of them are sporting face masks.
The cops additionally say that the households of different sufferers within the hospital have voiced concern over the potential of the virus spreading amongst them.
Visuals from the hospital present a variety of confusion and ruckus, making it tough to determine protesters among the many crowd and the way they could or might not be behaving.
The younger girl suffered a number of fractures, paralysis and a deep gash in her tongue within the savage assault in contrast by many to the 2012 Nirbhaya gang-rape.
Injuries to her neck had left her paralysed and struggling to breathe, docs stated. She bit her tongue when her attackers have been attempting to strangle her.
According to her brothers, even in that essential state, all she needed was to go dwelling and had stated it typically in hospital.
News of her demise led to protests outdoors the hospital with the Bhim Army of Chandrashekhar Azad blocking roads for 10-15 minutes and protesters chanting “hang the rapists”. On social media, there was an outpouring of grief and anger from politicians, celebrities and others.
All 4 attackers, higher caste males from the girl’s village, are in jail. They will now even be charged with homicide.
The woman was attacked on September 14 at her village in Hathras, some 200 km from Delhi. In her assertion to the police, she stated she was dragged by her dupatta into the fields from a spot the place she had been slicing grass together with her mom and brother.
When the household searched, they discovered her within the fields, bare and bleeding, with horrific accidents.
“My mother covered her up and we went to the police and lay her down there. Three bones on her neck were broken. She had difficulty breathing… She needed oxygen right from the beginning,” one of many girl’s brothers informed NDTV.
“They had raped her. The police did not help us initially… they did not take quick action. They acted only after four-five days,” he stated, accusing the police of reacting solely after public outrage.
The UP police is underneath scrutiny over alleged lapses all through the case. They initially registered an tried homicide case however added rape expenses solely after the girl’s formal assertion.
They have denied the household’s allegation of sluggish response.
“This is a very unfortunate incident but we have been proactive in making arrests and helping the family in whatever manner possible . I will personally ensure swift investigation and that these men are tried in a fast track court,” Hathras police chief Vikrant Vir informed NDTV on Sunday.