Hathras Case: CBI Takes Over Probe

In hathras victim incident large part of the criticism goes to the UP government’s handling of the case, including its treatment of the young woman’s traumatised family, whom they allegedly locked up in their home to hastily cremate their daughter at night. Under searing criticism over the incident and pulled up by the Allahabad High Court, the Yogi Adityanath government had recommended a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) last week even though the ruling BJP dismissed the protests as “political stunts”. Now the CBI will investigate the alleged gang rape and murder of the 20-year-old Dalit woman in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras district by a group of so-called “upper caste” men, taking over the case that has triggered a nationwide outcry.The 20-year-old woman allegedly was assaulted by four men of her village on September 14. She died two weeks later after sustaining horrific injuries in a savage assault that many have compared to the 2012 gang rape in the national capital – a crime that triggered nationwide protests and calls for stricter laws to prevent crimes against women.

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