The Supreme Court on Tuesday termed the gang-rape and murder of a 19-year-old girl in UP’s Hathras “shocking” and “horrible” and assured that the investigation in the case will be smooth. The court also asked the UP government to file an affidavit detailing the witness protection efforts on the ground in this case. The SC’s assurance came shortly after the state government submitted an affidavit in the court urging the top court to monitor a CBI probe into the case.
The Supreme Court was hearing a PIL seeking an investigation into the role of the police into the case.
Top developments from today —
Ex-BJP MLA, 100 others booked for organising crowd in support of Hathras accused
- An FIR has been registered against former BJP MLA Rajveer Singh Pehelvan and 100 others for a meeting attended by scores of people in Hathras defying prohibitory orders.
- The meeting was held outside Pehelvan’s house on Sunday where they defended the accused in the alleged gang-rape of a Dalit woman, who later died, and demanded registration of an FIR against her family members.
- Superintendent of Police Vineet Jaiswal said Tuesday, “An FIR has been lodged against former BJP MLA Rajveer Singh Pehelvan for organising a crowd on Sunday. We are probing the matter. The FIR has been lodged against Singh and over 100 unidentified people.”
- The FIR was lodged at Hathras Gate police station under various sections of the Indian Penal Code.
Hathras incident puts humanity to shame, says Athawale
- Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment Ramdas Athawale said Hathras incident is heart-wrenching and puts humanity to shame.
- Athawale met the family of the Hathras victim at their residence in Bul Garhi village and assured them support. He said everything that chief minister Yogi Adityanath has said should be implemented.
- “This incident is heart-wrenching. This puts humanity to shame. We told the family that we are with them. Whatever CM has assured them should be implemented. The culprits should be hanged,” Ramdas told reporters.
NCW sends notices to Amit Malviya, Digvijay Singh and Swara Bhasker
- The NCW has sought explanation from BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya, Congress leader Digvijay Singh and actress Swara Bhasker for allegedly revealing the identity of Hathras victim on Twitter.
- The National Commission for Women has also directed them to immediately remove these posts and refrain from sharing such posts in future.
- “@NCWIndia has served notices to @amitmalviya @digvijaya_28 and @ReallySwara seeking explanation on their #Twitter posts revealing the identity of the #Hathras victim along with a direction to remove these posts immediately & to refrain from sharing such posts in future,” the NCW said in a tweet on Tuesday.
CPI, CPI(M) delegation meets family of Hathras victim
- A joint delegation of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Communist Party of India (CPI) met the family members of the Dalit woman in Hathras, and demanded an independent judicial enquiry into the matter.
- The delegation consisted of CPIM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI general secretary D Raja, CPIM politburo member Brinda Karat, CPI national secretary Amarjeet Kaur, CPIM UP state committee secretary Hiralal Yadav and CPI UP state secretary Girish Sharma.
- “We have been told about the brutal gangrape… and that her cremation was done in the middle of the night without informing the family. These sort of things are unheard of in the 21st century and are a blatant violation of the Indian Constitution and the guarantees it gives to our people. We expressed our solidarity with her family,” Yechury said.
Yogi free to see ‘conspiracy’ in Hathras incident: Rahul
- Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said it was Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s choice if he sees an “international conspiracy” in the Hathras incident but he personally sees it as a major tragedy.
- “Yogi Adityanath is entitled to his opinion, he can imagine what he wants, but what I saw was a lovely girl brutalised and killed, and her family threatened and subjugated,” said Rahul at a media conference in response to a question.
- Rahul said he saw a tragedy in the incident and Adityanath should also have had the decency to do so.
- The Congress MP said he found it interesting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had not uttered a word about the incident.
Will ensure the probe is smooth: SC
- A bench headed by CJI SA Bobde termed the incident “shocking” and “horrible”.
- The Supreme Court directed the Uttar Pradesh government to apprise it by October 8 on the steps taken to protect witnesses in the Hathras case.
- While hearing the PIL, the top court said that it would ensure that the investigation into Hathras rape case incident is smooth.
- The court also asked the UP government to file an affidavit detailing the witness protection efforts on the ground in this case.
- The court asked the state government to file an affidavit, despite the solicitor general Tushar Mehta’s defence that the details are in place.
- Mehta said there are vicious and motivated false narratives being spread by vested interests about the incident and that is the reason why the UP govt decided to recommend CBI probe.
- Mehta told the court that there are narratives within narratives spread by social media and even a TV journalist was heard coaxing the victim’s relative to seek more compensation.
- The court adjourned the hearing to next week.
UP state government files affidavit in SC
- The state government, in its affidavit, explained in detail the investigation carried out by it in the case so far. It alleged that “vested Interests” are attempting to ascribe motive to derail a fair probe.
- The affidavit comes on a day when the top court is scheduled to hear a PIL seeking an investigation into the role of police officials and registration of FIRs against them in connection with the Dalit woman who died a fortnight after being allegedly gang-raped in Hathras district.
- The state government’s affidavit said a “vicious” campaign was unleashed in social media, TV and print media to defame UP government. “As the matter has caught national attention, it must be probed by a central agency,” it said.
- The affidavit further stated that the state government has already urged the Centre for a CBI probe into the case. “To bring to an end the vicious false and motivated propaganda by vested interests,” the affidavit added.
- It said the SC should monitor the CBI investigation into Hatras rape case by keeping the PIL pending before it.
- The PIL filed by ex-judicial officer Chandra Bhan Singh had alleged that “callousness and highhandedness” of the state administration and police officials in giving treatment to the victim led to her death and sought a probe by any agency other than affiliated to Uttar Pradesh government.
A 19-year-old Dalit woman was allegedly raped by four upper-caste men in Hathras on September 14. She died on September 29 at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital during treatment.The victim was cremated in the dead of the night near her home on September 30. Her family alleged they were forced by the local police to hurriedly conduct her last rites. Local police officers, however, said the cremation was carried out “as per the wishes of the family”.
The state government has already recommended a CBI probe in the matter and quoting FSL reports, it has denied the rape charge.