On Tuesday, a 19-year-old girl from Hathras breathed her last in the Safdarjung hospital of Delhi, nearly two weeks after she was sexually assaulted and tortured by four men from her village on September 14. The case has triggered nationwide protests, with many drawing parallels with 2012’s Nirbhaya incident in New Delhi.
The latest updates on the case say that the victim was forcibly cremated around midnight at 2. “The police have forcibly taken the dead body and my father along with them for cremation. When my father reached Hathras, he was immediately taken (to the crematorium) by the police”. The woman’s brother told news agency PTI.
Superintendent of Police (SP) Vikrant Veer repudiated any “urgency” by police in cremation. Even though cremation usually does not take place at night.
The incident was reported on the 14th of September. According to the sources, the went to collect fodder with her mother when a group of men abducted her from behind, dragged her to a field, where she was allegedly raped. Reportedly, the girl suffered multiple fractures, her tongue was sliced off, the entire scenario was unimaginably brutal.
Later on 14th Sept, the victim’s brother approached Hathras police station to lodge an F.I.R against one of the accused, Sandeep, who allegedly strangulated his sister to swoon.
According to the local police, the victim was not in a condition to give her statement. Her spinal cord was ruptured, her tongue being cut, she was laboriously injured. But, In the statement given to a lady officer, on 22nd of september the victim took the names of the other 3 men who gang-raped her. Based on the details provided by the victim the police arrested the second accused- Luvkush on September 23. The third accused Ravi was arrested on September 25 and the fourth one, Ramu was arrested on September 26. All four accused have been sent to jail.
On September 28 the victim was shifted to Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital, where she succumbed to the critical injuries on September 29 (Tuesday) morning.
After the death of the victim, the police made an appealing statement that states, the girl’s tongue was not cut off by the perpetrators. When she was strangulated by one of the accused her tongue came between her teeth and it got cut. Later, IG Piyush Mordiya said that during the medical examination of the victim, there were no signs of rape. The entire system is now under a balustrade of questions. Social media has been burning since the release of their statement, #hathrashorrorsocksIndia is trending on twitter. Media channels like IndiaToday are supporting the theory of police and disseminating it all over. while there is no doubt about its authenticity. The media is acting up in the air about the case. It’s not a profound mystery or explained by deep psychosocial complexity. For rapists, rape is easy. And that must stop.
As per the latest updates, P.M. Modi has directed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath to do the necessary probe in the case.
What matters at the end?
But in the end, does the statement of the victim not matter at all? Is her statement that states she was gang-raped are of least importance? Rape is one of the more appalling things that one human being can do to another, and yet there is no other crime about which our society is so ambivalent. The Tribune reports that the state “has recorded 66 rapes, 62 cases of abduction, and 142 incidents of molestation in April this year.” Out of 66, as many as 17 have been gang rapes. This is just north India. Data by The New Indian Express indicates that between March and May, there were a total of 64 rape cases and 716 molestation cases in Karnataka. Another morning reportedly three migrant workers from UP were arrested for allegedly gangraping a 14-year old minor in Kerala.
Sexual assault is one of the few crimes where the proof lies not in the physical facts of the matter, but the subjective intentions of those involved. Rapes and sexual assaults are being considered venial in India. When it comes to rapes, we all wonder WHY do rapes happen? There is no certain answer to it, perhaps, causing rape to be the fastest growing crime in India.
Lack of education, illiteracy, and a person’s mentality has a lot to reflect when it comes to such cases. The eminence of rape cases has started to sound so common, even when it should not. Rapes should be a piece of major and urgent news and should be acted upon forthwith.
Research and information- Shradha Khanna