- The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a charge sheet against four accused in the case of rape of a young woman in Hathras,
- On September 29, the girl died while undergoing treatment at Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi.
- On Tuesday, the President of Pakistan signed a new anti-rape law.
According to a report published by news agencies ANI and PTI, a charge sheet has been filed in the Hathras case against four accused of rape of a young woman. The four— named Sandeep, Lovekush, Ravi, and Ramu— were charged under sections including gang rape, murder, and ST, SC Atrocities Act.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a charge sheet against the four accused in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh, along with sections including gang rape. The CBI said that the four accused have also been tested separately in the forensic lab in Gujarat.
Journalist Arvind Gunsekar tweeted that the CBI had included mass rape and murder clauses in the charge sheet. A special court in Uttar Pradesh is hearing the case.
It is to be noted here that a case of rape with a Dalit girl came to light a few months back. On September 29, the girl died while undergoing treatment at Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi.
On the night of September 30, the victim was buried near her home. The whole incident sparked public outrage across the country. The Uttar Pradesh government had earlier constituted an SIT to probe the case.
However, the politics of the case also heated up and the matter became highly controversial. The Yogi government recommended the Center for a CBI probe. There were also protests across the country over the rape and murder case in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh. The issue of women’s safety was once again sparked by a new debate.
Earlier, the UP police had alleged that an international conspiracy had been hatched to incite sexual and sectarian violence in the state and defame Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The Uttar Pradesh police had registered at least 19 FIRs across the state in connection with the alleged international conspiracy in the Hathras case.
In the main FIR, about 400 people were charged with treason, conspiracy, attempting to disrupt peace in the state, and inciting religious hatred. As one person said:
“The Uttar Pradesh police are making false allegations against us because we are poor. The harassment is not over. They should have evidence. I want to listen to the call recordings.”
The case is currently under investigation and proceedings in a special court.
Pakistan Signs New Law to Sterilize Rapists
In October 2020, a new law was enacted in Pakistan to curb rape cases, with the aim of providing a speedy trial and stricter punishment.
Under severe punishment, a person convicted of rape can also be made impotent by the use of chemical castration. On Tuesday, the President of Pakistan signed the new anti-rape law.
Under the ordinance, a National Register of Sexual Offenders will be prepared and the identity of the victim will be kept secret. There is also a provision to make some offenders intoxicated by giving them medicine.
The law has been enacted in view of the way in which the atmosphere against sexual crime has been created in the country following the gang rape of a woman outside the city of Lahore.