The Uttar Pradesh Police cited forensic stories on Thursday to disclaim that the 19-year-old Dalit girl, whose loss of life and compelled cremation sparked nationwide outrage, was raped, contradicting statements by the sufferer and her mom.
Extra director common (ADG) of UP police, Prashant Kumar, stated forensic examination revealed that the lady, who succumbed to her accidents at Delhi’s Safdarjung hospital on Tuesday, was not raped.
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“The samples didn’t have sperm and thus makes it clear that no rape or gang rape occurred with the lady,” he stated. Hathras district Justice of the Peace Praveen Kumar additionally denied gang-rape costs.
Consultants pointed to lapses within the medical examination process, which occurred eight days after the alleged rape, and stated it violated nationwide and worldwide tips that say the scrutiny have to be executed on the earliest in instances of sexual assault.
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“For India, tips laid down by the Union ministry of well being and household welfare say the medical examination should occur inside 4 days of the assault. Nonetheless, internationally, nations additionally acquire samples as much as seven days. After seven days, likelihood is normally bleak of discovering any proof of consequence,” stated a senior forensic skilled from a authorities hospital on situation of anonymity.
Activists stated the rape allegations however, the homicide of a younger Dalit girl wanted to be strictly punished. “The loss of life of the lady factors to the impunity loved by the Thakur caste within the area. The strictest punishment is required on this heinous case,” stated Sumedha Boudh of the Rashtriya Dalit Mahila Adhikar Andolan.
The girl, who hailed from the Valmiki caste, was allegedly gang-raped by 4 males from the Thakur caste on September 14. She was first moved to the district hospital in Aligarh, the place her assertion was recorded on September 22, and eventually shifted to Delhi on September 28.
She succumbed to her accidents on Tuesday, triggering protests by Dalit teams in Delhi and elsewhere within the nation.
Within the early hours of Wednesday, police drove the sufferer’s physique and household again to Hathras, the place the lady was forcibly cremated at 2.30am, sparking anger and allegations from opposition events that the authorities have been attempting to bury proof.
On Thursday, Safdarjung hospital issued the lady’s loss of life abstract and post-mortem report, which talked about strangulation, cervical accidents, sepsis and cardiopulmonary arrest as the ultimate prognosis. The personal components confirmed healed tears and wounds, stated the postmortem report.
Citing a report by Agra’s Forensic Sciences Laboratory, Kumar stated some individuals misrepresented the information to disturb social concord and create caste violence. “Police took instant motion within the case and now we’ll establish those that tried to disturb social concord and regulation and order,” he stated.
Kumar stated the lady in her first assertion to police didn’t point out rape initially. The case FIR filed at Chandpa police station on September 14 additionally initially talked about try and homicide, and sections regarding rape have been added eight days later. On Thursday, unverified movies displaying the mom and the daughter making these statements did the rounds because the battle of narratives heated up.
However the sufferer’s household pointed to statements by the lady in hospital and her mom that alleged rape.
In a declaration recorded earlier than the Justice of the Peace on September 22, the lady named all 4 males — Sandip Singh, Ramu Singh, Ravi Singh and Lavkush Singh, who’ve been arrested – and stated she was raped by them. “She stated she was afraid to depart the home as a result of she was harassed for six months by the boys,” stated an individual who was current when the assertion was being recorded.
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The assertion of the mom, additionally recorded on the identical time, talked about that the upper-caste households had been hostile to them for years. The sufferer’s grandfather had, in 2001, filed instances towards the households of Ramu and Sandip of legal intimidation, harm and underneath the SC/ST Atrocities Act. That case was settled in 2015.
These declarations, specialists stated, must be handled by police as vital items of proof. “The dying declaration is crucial piece of assertion. Such a press release made in entrance of a Justice of the Peace is sufficient to land an individual in jail for all times,” stated former UP director common of police Vikram Singh.
Lucknow-based authorized skilled Rohit Kant stated when the lady alleged rape in her assertion earlier than loss of life, then all FSL and postmortem stories grew to become irrelevant. “The sufferer’s phrase must be given precedence,” he stated.
On the village, a three-member particular investigation crew visited the household and questioned them whereas authorities imposed prohibitory orders and barricaded all entry factors.
Earlier within the day, native police stated three constables on responsibility within the village had displayed Covid-like signs and that all the space could also be categorised as a containment zone (one thing that might successfully make it off limits to guests) however by night the Hathras chief medical officer stated no such zone had been arrange on the spot.