Hathras Woman’s Family Moves Allahabad HC Against Illegal Confinement
The family of the 19-year-old deceased Dalit girl from Hathras moved to the Allahabad High Court and filed a petition against illegal confinement at home. Reportedly, the petition has been filed by the National General Secretary of the Akhil Bharatiya Valmiki Mahapanchayat, Surender Kumar, on behalf of the family.
According to the Hindustan Times, the girl’s family has been prevented from meeting or communicating with other people which violates their right to freedom of speech and expression.
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What You Should Know
- Family of the 19-year-old Dalit girl from Hathras moved to the Allahabad High Court and filed a petition against illegal confinement.
- The family accused the district administration that they were not allowed to meet with other people which violates their right to freedom of speech and expression.
- The case is listed on Thursday for hearing.
The family reportedly accused the district administration and alleged that they were detained in their own house on September 29 and 30.
The petition seeks the release of the petitioners from illegal confinement and allow them to move as per their free will. The case is listed on Thursday for hearing.
On Monday, the Additional Chief Secretary Awanish Kumar Awasthi told PTI that the security has been tightened around the house in Hathras. Reportedly the Hathras police also said that the security has been deployed for the protection of the girl’s family. The police further added that besides constables, three Station House Officers and a Deputy Superintendent of police have been deployed for the family.
About the Hathras gangrape case
A 19-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly gang-raped by upper-caste men in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh. They reportedly also tortured her and strangled her with her dupatta (scarf). She succumbed to brutal assault injuries in Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital on September 29, two weeks after the incident.
Moreover, her cremation was carried out against her family’s wish and the last rites were performed in the middle of the night “forcibly” by the UP police.
The UP police then came under criticism both from citizens and the court for their handling of the Hathras gang rape case. However, the UP government said in the affidavit that the Hathras woman was cremated at 2.30 am “to avoid large-scale violence” the next morning.
Sagrika Giri is an intern with SheThePeople.TV.