Hathras Rape Case: SC calls incident extraordinary, shocking; seeks UP reply on witness protection

 Hathras Rape Case: SC calls incident extraordinary, shocking; seeks UP reply on witness protection

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The Supreme Court was hearing a petition seeking a probe by the CBI or a SIT into the alleged gangrape and murder of a 19-year-old Dalit woman by four upper caste men.

The Supreme Court Tuesday described the Hathras case as “extraordinary” and “shocking” while hearing a petition seeking a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or a Special Investigation Team (SIT) into the alleged gangrape and murder of a 19-year-old Dalit woman by four upper caste men.

A bench, headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde and comprising Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, sought suggestions from all parties on the scope of proceedings before the Allahabad High Court, and what it could do to expand it. It asked to Uttar Pradesh government to file a response by Wednesday on its witness protection plan and whether the family of the victim had access to a lawyer. The matter will be taken up for hearing next week.

Ahead of the hearing, the UP government had filed an affidavit in court stating it was forced to cremate the body of the victim in the dead of the night on October 1 due to “extraordinary circumstances and a sequence of unlawful incidents”. The state government claimed the victim’s family was present for the cremation and “agreed to attend to avoid further violence”.

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