INDIA. Uttar Pradesh: In a recent update, the six accused involved in the alleged rape and murder of two teenage Dalit sisters were sent to 14-day judicial custody. The six accused committed the “highest rank of crime” by sexually assaulting and hanging two sisters of a family who belong to the Dalit community. The girls were 17 and 15 years old.
Both sisters’ brutified bodies were found hanging from a tree in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri. The post-mortem report of both the victims proved that they were forced raped and murdered. Initially, the family didn’t perform the cremation of the girls for hours as they sought justice for their daughters. The cremation was done post the arrest.
According to district police chief Sanjeev Suman, the girls were brought into a sugarcane field where Suhail and Junaid sexually assaulted them. Six men are involved in the case. Their names are, Suhail, Junaid, Hafizul Rehman, Karimuddin, Arif and Chhotu.
Chhotu was a neighbour who didn’t actively participate in the nefarious crime but introduced the girls to these people. Junaid tried to escape the police but was caught in a field. He tried to flee from the spot, but the cops fired him in the leg. He was seen limping in a viral video.
“The girls were raped in the fields. They strangled them with their dupattas when they insisted that the men marry them. Then they called Karimuddin and Arif for help with covering up the crime. They hung the bodies from the tree to make it look like suicide,” says an officer in charge of the case.
The officer even said, “There are 1,000 cameras at the spot. We are dealing with the case with the utmost sensitivity. We dealt with it peacefully. The family has no issues with us.”
Meanwhile, SP Suman and Assistant Superintendent of Police (APS) Arun Kumar Singh are leading the case with a torch in their hand to find out the truth.
The District Magistrate Mahendra Bahadur Singh declared Rs 8.25 lakh as compensation to each girl under the SC/ST act. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi opposed the BJP-led UP government for failing to provide safety for society.
He said, “Women’s safety cannot be expected from those facilitating the release of rapists and welcoming them.”
On the other hand, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati said, “Criminals in UP are fearless because the priorities of the government are wrong.”
Later took to her Twitter and wrote, “This incident exposes the claims of the government in the matter of law and order. Criminals are moving without fear since there has been a cover-up in most criminal cases, including the one in Hathras. The government should make necessary reforms in its policy, working and priorities.”