Local cops forced us to conduct her last rites at night: Hathras rape victim's family

Updated: 01 October, 2020 09:56 IST | Agencies | New Delhi

Local police officers, however, said the cremation was carried out "as per the wishes of the family", even as the incident triggered protests in Hathras with several people coming out on roads

Members of Indian Youth Congress being detained by the police during a protest against the death of a Dalit woman who was gang-raped in Hathras, in New Delhi, on Wednesday. Pic/PTI
Members of Indian Youth Congress being detained by the police during a protest against the death of a Dalit woman who was gang-raped in Hathras, in New Delhi, on Wednesday. Pic/PTI

The 19-year-old Dalit woman, who died in a Delhi hospital a fortnight after she was gang-raped in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras, was cremated here in the early hours of Wednesday, with her family alleging the local police forced them to conduct the last rites in the dead of the night.

Local police officers, however, said the cremation was carried out "as per the wishes of the family", even as the incident triggered protests in Hathras with several people coming out on roads.

The family left Safdarjung hospital in Delhi on Tuesday night amid heavy police deployment. The body was taken by the Uttar Pradesh police, which reached Hathras earlier than the family members, claimed a kin of the victim.

"The cremation was done around 2.30am-3 am," the father of the deceased woman told PTI on Wednesday morning. In the moments preceding the cremation, a brother of the woman told PTI, "Police have forcibly taken the body, and my father along with them for cremation.

When my father reached Hathras, he was immediately taken (to the crematorium) by the police." Another relative said 30 to 40 people accompanied the woman's father to the crematorium. Senior police and administration officials were also present at the crematorium in the middle of the night, an official said.

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First Published: 01 October, 2020 07:27 IST

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