Hathras Case: Oxford University Members Criticise UP Police's Actions
8 oct 2020
The UP Government has been accused of advancing caste oppression and gender-based violence in a solidarity statement issued by the students, staff, and alumnae of Oxford University. The statement has condemned the repressive manner in which the police and government authorities have been dealing the Hathras case. The Indian students in Oxford have also staged protests in memory of the 19-year old Dalit girl who was allegedly gang-raped by four men in Hathras district.
The signatories said that the UP police’s “repeated assertions” that there is no evidence of rape despite a pending investigation “not only betrays a premeditated attitude but also a severe lack of understanding of the law on sexual offenses and the duties of the police”.
On September 14, the 19-year old Dalit girl was gang-raped by four men and died two weeks later of her injuries. The UP police cremated the victim in a hasty manner, in the middle of the night, against the wishes of the family. his act has resulted in various protests.