‘Dalits & Muslims are not humans for many Indians; It’s a shameful truth,’ said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, while referring to news report that the Uttar Pradesh chief minister and his police as saying “no one was raped” in Hathras in Uttar Pradesh.
Rahul Gandhi had visited Hathras last week amid outrage over the alleged gang-rape of a 20-year-old woman. The brutal torture of the Dalit woman has triggered nationwide protest. She died at a hospital in Delhi and the UP police cremated the body at midnight.
This morning, attacking Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in a tweet, Rahul Gandhi said: “The shameful truth is, many Indians don’t consider Dalits, Muslims and Tribals to be human. The UP CM, and his police said, ‘no one was raped’. As for them, and many other Indians she was ‘NO ONE’.”
Savage assault on Dalit woman
Four men allegedly assaulted the 20-year-old woman on September 14. She died two weeks later after sustaining horrific injuries in the savage assault. Many have compared the case to the 2012 ‘Nirbhaya’ gang-rape in the national capital.
The UP government was criticised for its handling of the case, and also for the late-night cremation of the body. Even they did not allow the family of the deceased in the cremation. The police have filed 19 FIRs, not against the accused, but “unknown people” for conspiracy to ‘defame’ the state government.
Last week, Gandhi had visited the victim’s family, two days after the UP Police stopped him while marching to Hathras. Dramatic visuals showed him in a tussle with UP cops. And the cops also pushed him on the ground.
Hathras family to appear before HC
Meanwhile, the family members of the Hathras victim will appear before the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad HC on Monday. The court on October 1 had asked the woman’s parents to come and apprise it of their versions. The court also ordered the district administration to arrange for their travel and facilitate their appearance before the court.
“The district judge, who has been appointed nodal officer to produce the Hathras victim’s family members before the high court, is in touch with it, as to when the case is listed. The family will move accordingly. The family is in Hathras as of now,” Superintendent of Police (SP) Vineet Jaiswal told.