Calls For Yogi’s Resignation Grow Amid Outrage Over ‘Cremation’ of Hathras Gang Rape Victim

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The body of the victim was taken by the police from a Delhi hospital to a funeral ground in her village in Hathras and cremated at around 2:30 am without handing it over to the family members who were allegedly locked up in their homes. — Photo source: Internet

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra slammed the UP government over the handling of the Hathras rape incident as she said Aditynath had “no moral right” to continue in office.

Zafar Aafaq | Clarion India

NEW DELHI — The night cremation of the Hathras gang rape victim by the Uttar Pradesh police allegedly in forced absence of her parents has triggered a nationwide outrage with people demanding resignation of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath even as his government has constituted a special investigation team to probe the heinous crime.

Last night, the body of the victim was taken by the police from a Delhi hospital to a funeral ground in her village in Hathras and cremated at around 2:30 am without handing it over to the family members who were allegedly locked up in their homes. The police prevented the villagers from coming towards the crematorium.

The conduct of the UP police has been widely condemned. Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra slammed the UP government over the handling of the Hathras rape incident as she said Aditynath had “no moral right” to continue in office.

Gandhi put out a series of tweets which said: “I was on the phone with the Hathras victim’s father when he was informed that his daughter had passed away. I heard him cry out in despair,” He had just been telling me that all he wanted was justice for his child. Last night, he was robbed of the chance to take his daughter home for the last time and perform her last rites….Instead of protecting the victim and her family, your government became complicit in depriving her of every single human right, even in death. You have no moral right to continue as Chief Minister.”

A hashtag ‘Yogi must resign’ was trending on Twitter on Wednesday morning as many said the Hathras victim was not cremated but “burnt” by cops.

Spokesperson Aam Aadmi Party Sanjeev Jha wrote a tweet repeating the words ‘Yogi Must Resign’.

The Hathras incident has also brought the spike in crimes against women in Uttar Pradesh under spotlight as people said that this shows failure of the government and the police to control crime.

Under pressure, the Chief Minister announced a Special Investigation Team to probe the rape incident.

The SIT, according to official sources, will comprise home secretary Bhagwan Swaroop, DIG Chandra Prakash and IPS officer Poonam.

People also pointed out that the backward Dalit caste of the victim to explain why she became an easy prey of the rapists who belong to upper caste and why police chose to cremate her while keeping the family locked.

 

Meanwhile, chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Swati Maliwal has appealed to the Supreme Court to take cognizance of the matter of the Hathras rape incident. She demanded “a High Court-monitored investigation and trial to ensure strictest and swiftest possible punishment to the accused in the crime”.

While offering possible assistance, Maliwal requested immediate suspension and punitive action against all erring police and administrative officials, including the senior most officials who tried to cover up the incident.

Bollywood celebrities also joined in to express their anger over the rape incident on Tuesday. Several B-Town celebrities condemned the incident, urging for the implementation of stricter laws in the country.

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