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Police may be ‘hiding’ evidence of gang rape


Five police officers were suspended in India for the way they investigated the gang rape and murder of a 19-year-old woman, which shocked the country and sparked several days of protests.

A young girl from the disadvantaged Dalit caste She was found seriously injured in mid-September outside her village in Uttar Pradesh state, in northern India, and died this week in a hospital in New Delhi.

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The police, who arrested four upper caste men for gang rape and murder, were widely criticized for their decision to cremating the woman’s body in the middle of the night, apparently using gasoline, against her family’s wishes and religious custom.

A senior police officer sparked even more outrage on Thursday by stating that a forensic report and an autopsy would have shown that the woman had not been raped.

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This contradicts the statements of the victim and her mother and the facts found in the hospital, according to the press. According to experts, the police forensic test was also carried out too long after the attack.

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Uttar Pradesh Prime Minister Yogi Adityanath announced Friday evening the suspension of the Hathras district police chief and four others.

This Hindu monk and close ally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi also announced that the the victim’s family and the accused and suspended police officers would undergo lie detection tests and drug test.

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On Friday around 500 people, including the capital’s chief minister and a prominent Dalit politician, demonstrated again in central New Delhi to demand justice.

AFP




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