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Cremated Hathras gang-rape victim to avoid violence: UP government before Supreme Court

The Uttar Pradesh government said in the affidavit, which was filed before the Supreme Court on Monday, that the body of the 19-year-old woman from Hathras was cremated at night to avoid law and order problems. The government has blamed political parties and civil society organisations for attempting to create a caste divide in the aftermath of the crime in September. The district administration took the decision to convince the parents of the victim to cremate her with all religious rites at night to avoid large scale violence in the morning. Once the post mortem of the deceased victim was already conducted at Safdurjung hospital, New Delhi, there cannot be any bad intention on the part of anyone to expedite the cremation except to obviate the political violent situation resulting from planned caste divide by certain vested interests,” the affidavit said.

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