September 30, Wednesday,
A 20-year-old Dalit girl Manisha Valmiki, who was gang-raped and severely injured in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras died on Tuesday in Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital. At 2:30 AM, while most of her family was home, Policemen cremated the body. The family and relatives of Manisha alleged that Police performed her last rites without their consent. The kins were locked up in their homes by the police.
Her Father exclaimed that they wanted her last rites to be done according to the Hindu traditions. Despite the protests, the funeral was performed. Police took her body forcefully. And he was not allowed to see his daughter’s face for one last time.
The villagers claim that ‘Police forcibly took the dead body’ and her family was not allowed to leave their residence. But Hathras Superintendent of Police Vikrant Vir stated that ‘All procedures were performed as per the wish of her family’.
As news of the 19-year-old’s death spread, protests broke out in Delhi as well as in Hathras. All strata of society, including politicians, stars, and activists, expressed their anguish and demanded justice for her. Congress and Bhim Army workers protested outside Safdarjung Hospital.
A disturbing sequence of events captured overnight shows visuals of the relatives arguing with cops. Videos also show the victim’s mother pleading Police Officers by throwing herself on the hood of the Ambulance carrying her body. Her mother was weeping helplessly to let the body be brought home one last time. At the village, her mother sat on the road sobbing and beating her chest. But the cops insisted to take her daughter straight to cineration, without allowing the last look.
The police vehicle was stopped multiple times. But the cops allegedly pushed the protesters away and drove towards the funeral ground.
Continuing their bizarre acts, the Hathras Police formed a human chain to keep reporters, the family, and villagers away. Only cops were present. Her family could not even see her one last time.
The Hathras District administration on Tuesday said a compensation of Rs 10 lakhs will be provided to the victim’s family. The District Magistrate added that The state government has already provided compensation of Rs 4.12 lakhs to the family.