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Hathras: Left groups, citizens burn UP CM's effigy, demand his resignation

Activists and citizens burnt the effigy of UP CM Yogi Adityanath at Jantar Mantar over the injustice towards to the family of the Dalit woman who died after allegedly being gang-raped in Hathras

Uttar Pradesh | Yogi Adityanath

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Hathras protest
Congress workers burning the effigy of UP chief minister Yogi Aditya Nath and prime minister Narendra Modi during a protest over on the Hathras rape case

Activists of Left-affiliated organisations and citizens burnt the effigy of Chief Minister at Jantar Mantar on Monday over the injustice towards to the family of the Dalit woman who died after allegedly being gang-raped in Hathras.

They also demanded Adityanath's resignation over "mishandling" of the case.

Protesters wearing masks gathered at Jantar Mantar holding placards that read "End rape culture," "Dalit lives matter", "Justice for Manisha," "Educate Organise Agitate" among others.

The protesters from organisations like All India Students' Association, All India Progressive Woman's Association among others shouted slogans slamming the UP Police and demanding justice for the 19-year-old victim.

Sucheta De from the Left-affiliated All India Students' Association said, "We will be holding the protests everyday till the government is there. He has to resign. The state machinery is being used to intimidate the family of the victim."

A protester who did not want to be named said, "What's happened (in Hathras) is horrifying. It brings back memories of 2012. It took eight years for the family of Nirbhaya to get justice. What's happened in Unnao or in Hathras, it's injustice with the family.

"That young girl was brutally gang-raped and it was extremely inhumane how the UP police cremated her post midnight? How long will this family have to wait to get justice. Justice delayed is justice denied."

A working professional with her teenage son and daughter, who was also among the protesters, said it is sheer anger that has forced her to join the protest amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"When will all this stop? They say women are empowered. If so, is this how they treat women? I have a daughter too. This could happen with anyone. It's been eight years since Nirbhaya and woman are still unsafe in this country.

"It took us eights years to given justice to Nirbhaya. Has anything changed at all? We need to take stand for all the women and daughters of this country. This is unacceptable and needs to stop," said a protestor who did not wished to be named.

The Dalit woman was allegedly raped at a village in Hathras by four men on September 14.

After her condition deteriorated, she was referred to the Delhi's Safdarjung hospital where she succumbed to her injuries on Tuesday.

She was cremated in the early hours of Wednesday, with her family alleging the local police forced them to conduct the last rites in the dead of the night.

Local police officers, however, had said the cremation was carried out "as per the wishes of the family".

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Mon, October 05 2020. 20:01 IST