The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) strongly condemns the brutal gang rape of the 19 year old Dalit girl in Hathras district of Uttar Pradesh leading to her death. The victim was gang raped and strangulated on September 14when she went to collect fodder from the field. She succumbed to the horrifying injuries inflicted on her by the rapists at the Safdarjung Hospital where she was admitted in a very critical condition.Seeing her critical condition, the administration should have shifted her immediately to Delhi for treatment. She was shifted from Aligarh to Delhi only after her father’s request.
The barbaric torture by the rapists led to the victim suffering multiple fractures and permanent damage to her spinal cord. Injuries to her neck left her in a totally paralysed condition and she struggled to breathe. Her tongue was also slashed.
The family has also alleged that the police did not register the complaint for 4-5 days.
Uttar Pradesh has become a hotbed of crimes against women with daily incidents of kidnapping, rape and murder. The political patronage given to criminals in UP has led to a jungle raj with goons moving around with impunity.
During the Unnao case, the CBI had explicitly stated that two IPS and one IAS officers were found guilty of dereliction of duty and action should be taken against them. But the UP state government has not taken any action against the erring officers so far sending a message that crimes against women need not be taken seriously.
AIDWA demands that immediate protection be given to the family of the victim.
AIDWA and various women’s organisations have jointly called for protests to be held all over the country tomorrow.