Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, whose administration has been heavily criticised over the gang rape and murder of a 20-year-old Dalit woman in Hathras, as well as UP Police’s handling of the case, tweeted Friday to claim that his government was “committed to the safety, security and development of all mothers and sisters”.
“Those who even think of harming mothers and daughters in UP, their destruction is assured. They will get such punishment that will set an example for the future. The govt of UP is committed to the safety and security and development of all mothers and sisters. This is our commitment and promise,” the Chief Minister wrote in Hindi.
Yogi Adityanath’s grand declarations come amid concerted pressure on his government over a spate of horrific crimes against women; in the days following the Hathras tragedy (which occurred September 14), at least two other assaults’ and alleged rapes – one on a 11-year-old girl – were reported from the state.
The family of the young woman from Hathras has alleged multiple lapses from UP Police throughout the case, including not adding a rape charge against the four accused – all from the so-called upper castes – until a formal statement was made.
The police also triggered outrage after rushing to cremate the woman’s body at 2.30 am, after allegedly locking up her family in their homes and preventing them from saying a final goodbye to their child and sister.
A disturbing sequence of visuals showed the family arguing with cops, female relatives throwing themselves on the hood of the ambulance carrying the body and a mother weeping helplessly as cops insisted on taking her daughter straight to cremation, without allowing her a last look.
Amid spiraling outrage, the Hathras police claimed the cremation was carried out with the family’s consent and some members were present. It turned out to be one uncle – not her parents – who was called and shown the cremation.