Uttar Pradesh Government
UPDATE: DECEMBER 2020
Crime Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has charged the four accused of gang-raping and murdering the dalit woman in Hathras. The development comes after three months of investigation and public outrage. This is a good time to take a step ahead and ask like-minded people to send in the emails to Uttar Pradesh government demanding action against caste-based panchayats and negligence of police and district magistrate who allegedly threatened the family of the deceased. UPDATE: 3 October 2020
“Media will leave, we will be here. Up to you to change the statement”
- a veiled threat by District Magistrate to Hathras deceased’s father
The Hathras case is not an isolated case where authorities have tried to terrorise the complainants.
However, this is a rare case where this power-abuse is out in the public-eye and has mobilised forces to call this caste-stimulated atrocities out.
Let’s tap into the moment to take the first step towards getting rid of caste-based gender-violence -- Sign here for the resignation of the district magistrate Praveen Kumar Laxkar who openly threatened the deceased family.
Mobilisation, nation-wide protests and people’s resistance has already shown its yield. The police officers who showed negligence have been suspended in the case.
We cannot stop here. Let’s stand by the fight of family of the deceased and here to smash the culture of rape, abuse and the unacceptable and high-time-it’s-gone caste system.
Hathras right now is the face of the country's patriarchal and casteist entitlement. Every regressive move by the police should be under the lens.
We already know that the DM has reportedly physically assaulted the family members.
Sign here to demand a criminal investigation against the DM and send out a strong and clear message of our dissent against the inhumane and faltered justice system in Hathras and beyond.
DATE: 30 Sept 2020
“We wanted the last rites to be performed according to the Hindu traditions. Despite our protests, the cremation was performed. They took the body forcefully. We couldn't see our daughter's face for the last time.”
-Father of the Dalit woman raped by four upper caste men
Four upper caste men have been accused of raping, strangling and murdering a 19-year-old Dalit woman in Chandpa in Uttar Pradesh (UP)’s Hathras district.
The grievous spinal-cord injuries highlighting the violent nature of the incident has led many to compare this case with Nirbhaya’s. Police negligence in registering the case and denying the family the last rites of the woman has triggered wide-spread protest in Delhi and in UP.
The silence by the government and lack of accountability on police’s part is unacceptable.
Ask the UP Directorate General of Police (DGP) H.C Awasthy to take action against the station officers of Chandpa police station for facilitating last rites without the deceased family’s consent.
The details of the incident are triggering and horrific. And yet again, raise questions on the safety measures women from the marginalised communities.
We need to ramp up and set precedence in this case by holding the police accountable for the hurried last rites performed in the middle of the night. Why was it rushed? Why perform it despite the protest from the family?
We need to ask a question to ourselves and to the government and police that will they only take action when pushed to the corner by protests or take safety measures for our women?
Let’s build a narrative around women safety in India. An action against the police officials involved in non-consensual cremation will set an example for others to sit up and listen to FIRs as and when the survivors try to reach out to the police.
Sign the petition today.