LM NEWS 24
LM NEWS 24

Activists Move SC For Court-Monitored Probe Into Hathras

Civil rights activist Teesta Setalvad led Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has approached the Supreme Court to transfer the Hathras case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and ensure proper witness protection is accorded in the case.

The plea said that there are senior police officials and elected representatives who were “underplaying” the heinous offence and “prejudging” the issue. The CJP moved the court while filing an intervention application seeking to intervene in the Hathras case pending before it.

The application has urged the apex court that a retired Supreme Court judge be appointed to examine the circumstances which led to the cremation of the girl at night without her family.

It also referred to reports where it was stated that an officer involved in the probe said that there was “no sexual assault.”

The mother of the victim had clearly stated that sexual assault had indeed taken place and that the victim in her video statements too gave a description of the upper caste men who sexually assaulted and raped her, the application said. However, it added that even then certain videos were being circulated with mala fide intent stating that the girl never said she was raped.

The application also pointed out the October 2 statement from the Uttar Pradesh government, where it was stated that a polygraph and a narco analysis test for the victim’s family would be conducted.

The CJP sought directions from the court to assign Central Reserve Paramilitary Force (CRPF) for the security of the witnesses in the case and asked that none of the officers assigned should be from the cadre of Uttar Pradesh.

It said that witness protection is needed while considering the economic background of the victim’s family and to avoid their further alienation and intimidation.

The Supreme Court had, on October 7, while hearing a PIL for court-monitored CBI probe into the case, directed the Uttar Pradesh government to file an affidavit containing details on the protection offered to witnesses, whether the victim’s family has chosen a lawyer, and how the scope of the suo-motu case pending before the Allahabad High Court be widened.

A 19-year-old Dalit girl succumbed to her injuries at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital on September 29 after allegedly being gang-raped and assaulted in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras on September 14. Her mortal remains were taken to her native place, where the UP Police and administration allegedly forcefully cremated her body without the family’s consent or their presence. (ANI)

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By agreeing you accept the use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.

Privacy Settings saved!
Privacy Settings

When you visit any web site, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. Control your personal Cookie Services here.

These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features. Without these cookies basic services cannot be provided.

Cookie generated by applications based on the PHP language. This is a general purpose identifier used to maintain user session variables. It is normally a random generated number, how it is used can be specific to the site, but a good example is maintaining a logged-in status for a user between pages.
  • PHPSESSID

Used on sites built with Wordpress. Tests whether or not the browser has cookies enabled
  • wordpress_test_cookie

In order to use this website we use the following technically required cookies
  • wordpress_test_cookie
  • wordpress_logged_in_
  • wordpress_sec

Decline all Services
Accept all Services
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x