Dalit girl found dead in agriculture field in UP; family suspects rape

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A Dalit girl was found dead in an agricultural field in Uttar Pradesh's Barabanki, police said on Thursday. In the picture, women in a UP town protesting against rape and murder.

A Dalit girl was found dead in an agricultural field in Uttar Pradesh’s Barabanki, police said on Thursday. According to police, the body of an 18-year-old Dalit girl was found dead in a farm land at a village under the Satrikh police station area. Prima facie it seems that the victim was strangled, the police added.

The police did not divulge further details and said it will get after getting the post-mortem examination report, police said. Wednesday evening the girl’s father had informed police that she had gone to the fields but did not return home. Later, the family members found her dead, ASP RS Gautam said.

The family is suspecting rape.

Notorious for crime

Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state has become notorious for rape and murder, and for cruelty on Dalits and minorities. Along with the criminals the state administration, especially the police, is not behind in committing crimes on the poor and voiceless people of the state.

Last month, the gang-rape and the consequent death and the midnight forceful cremation of a Dalit girl in a village in Hathras district of UP had created a public outcry in the country.

The Supreme Court, while hearing a petition seeking probe on the Hathras case had described it as “extraordinary” and “shocking”.

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde had directed the Uttar Pradesh government to file a response.

However, the UP government, which finds a ‘sinister motive’ in every case, found a suitable one in this case also.

Despite “diligent probe” into the case “different false narratives gaining momentum at the behest of some vested interests”, it said.

It recommended a CBI probe into the case so that “no vested interests create a false narrative with oblique motives”.

UP police file 21 cases

Meanwhile, in the wake of the Hathras incident, the UP police have filed 21 cases across the state. And six of which have been registered in the district. The FIRs are against attempts to “incite caste and communal tension, and defame the state government” using social media platforms and public meetings. The charges include sedition, criminal conspiracy and promoting enmity.

However, the UP police detained four men, including a Delhi-based journalist in Mathura while on their way to Hathras. The UP police claimed they were part of the Popular Front of India (PFI) and Campus Front of India (CFI).

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