Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will visit Hathras in Uttar Pradesh today to meet the family of the 20-year-old woman who died after being gang-raped and tortured and whose dead-of-night cremation by the UP police has provoked nationwide outrage.
The woman died on Tuesday at a hospital in Delhi. She had suffered multiple fractures, paralysis and had been left struggling to breathe by a neck injury in the assault. The police said there was a gash in her tongue because she had bitten it when the men were trying to strangle her.
The tragedy turned into nightlong horror for the family on Tuesday night when the UP police took away her body, drove to her village in Hathras and cremated the body forcibly, with the family locked in their home. The family had begged to be allowed to take the body back home and perform the last rite the following morning.
The UP police’s rush to cremate the body was seen to be a desperate attempt to cover-up what has been a string of lapses in the case.
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra yesterday said Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had “no moral right” to continue in office.
In a series of tweets, Priyanka Gandhi said she had been on the phone with the woman’s father when he learnt of her death.
“I was on the phone with the Hathras victim’s father when he was informed that his daughter had passed away. I heard him cry out in despair,” tweeted the Congress general secretary.
“He had just been telling me that all he wanted was justice for his child. Last night he was robbed of the chance to take his daughter home for the last time and perform her last rites….Instead of protecting the victim and her family, your government became complicit in depriving her of every single human right, even in death. You have no moral right to continue as Chief Minister,” she tweeted.