The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh on Friday suspended SP, DSP, inspector and other officials amid outrage over gangrape and murder of 19-year-old girl in Hathras. Also, narco polygraph tests of SP and DSP will also be conducted, UP Chief Minister’s Office said.
On Thursday, a top UP cop claimed that the forensic reports suggested that the victim was ‘not raped’. “The report of the FSL has come. It says clearly that samples did not contain sperm. It makes clear that there was no rape or gang rape,” Additional Director General (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar said.
The move came just hours after the chief minister promised that ‘exemplary punishment’ would be meted out to those arrested on charges of raping and torturing the girl.
Meanwhile, as protests intensify across the country, activists took out a candlelight vigil on Friday to pay homage to the victim who was gang-raped in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras and demanded justice for her.
At the same time, Hathras village has been turned into fortress with heavy a presence of police as media or any political delegation not being allowed to meet the family members of the victim.
An investigation in the case is underway while Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has already announced Rs 25 lakh ex-gratia and a government job for victim’s family. Earlier in the day, CM Yogi Adityanath had said his government is committed to women’s safety and those who even think of harming their self-respect will face total destruction.
The warning came days after the 19-year-old Dalit woman was allegedly gang-raped in Hathras by four men. She died at Delhi’s Safdarjung hospital on Tuesday morning. While her family maintained that the victim had been subjected to gang rape, top police officials in Lucknow claimed that rape had not been proved in the autopsy report.