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Allahabad HC takes Suo Moto Cognizance of Victim’s Cremation in Hathras Gangrape Case

Lawstreet Journal 2 Oct 2020 9:00pm

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Suo moto cognizance has been taken by the Allahabad High Court for the cremation of the 19-year-old victim of the Hathras Gang Rape incident. The young Dalit woman was mutilated and gang-raped. She succumbed to her injuries and passed away in the Uttar Pradesh town of Hathras.

The bench presiding over the current matter was Hon’ble Justices Rajan Roy and Jaspreet Singh. The bench opined, “The incidents which took place after the death of the victim on 29.09.2020 leading up to her cremation, as alleged, have shocked our conscience, therefore, we are taking Suo moto cognizance of the same”. The court also affirmed the reports that indicated that the victim’s body was forcefully cremated without any consent from the family.

In the High Court order, the Bench stated that “we are inclined to examine as to whether there has been a gross violation of the fundamental rights of the deceased victim and the family members of the victim; whether the State Authorities have acted oppressively high handed-ly and illegally to violate such rights as if it is found to be so, then, this would be a case where accountability will not only have to be fixed but for future guidance also stern action would be required.” 

According to the reports, the accused mutilated the tongue of the victim so that she could not disclose the identity of her abusers. The police conducted her cremation forcefully upon her death before Dawn at around 2.30 AM on September 30, 2020.

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