Hathras Rape Case: Allahabad HC takes Suo Moto cognizance of the rape of Dalit girl

Guwahati: The Allahabad High Court takes Suo Moto cognizance of the rape and murder case of the 19-year-old Dalit girl.

The order passed by a Bench of Justices Rajan Roy and Jaspreet Singh states, "The incidents which took place after the death of the victim on 29.09.2020 leading up to her cremation, as alleged, have shocked our conscience, therefore, we are taking suo moto cognizance of the same."

The Court also adds, "The matter before us, of which we have taken suo moto cognizance is of immense public importance and public interest as it involves an allegation of high handedness by the State Authorities resulting in violation of the basic human and fundamental rights not only of the deceased victim but also of her family members. As it is, the deceased victim was treated with extreme brutality by the perpetrators of the crime and what is alleged to have happened thereafter, if true, amounts to perpetuating the misery of the family and rubbing salt in their wounds."

The High Court has emphasised that if the allegations of forced cremation are found to be true, "... it would be a case of gross violation of basic human and fundamental rights enshrined under Article 21 and Article 25 of the Constitution of India in a most blatant and uncalled for manner something which is absolutely unacceptable in our country governed by Rule of Law and the Constitution."

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