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Hathras Gangrape Case: Fresh PIL In SC Seeking Action Against Officials For ‘Destruction Of Evidence’

Mumbai: A fresh Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking action against police officers, hospital employees, medical officers, and other government officials for their alleged role in destroying and protecting the accused in the Hathras case.

It added that the series of incidents of involvement and complicity of alleged state officials to destroy evidence and save accused persons.

The role played by state officials, be it the police, district administration, or government hospital officials, is clear, the petition states that it is appropriate to take strict action to ensure that the officers have the confidence to Be done that people are not dissolved under the rule of law.

The petition further states that after the alleged gang rape incident, the government hospital in Aligarh, where the victim was taken, did not collect the requisite swab and other samples despite visual signs of sexual offenses against her. As a result, no semen sample was found.

It said that several highly placed officials made public statements before the investigation of the case was completed and the victim was raped.

It also mentions a midnight cremation, after which the victim said after his injuries that the incident indicates “an apparent nexus between the state police and the accused”.

Public interest litigation filed by social activist Chetan Janardan Kamble states that a case should be registered against the concerned authorities for offenses as well as offenses under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

On September 14, a 19-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly gang-raped and seriously injured in Hathras. She died at Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi on 29 September and when her body was taken to his ancestral home, the UP Police and administration allegedly cremated her body forcefully without the family’s consent or their presence, in the dead of the night.

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