“This is murder. We want Higher Judicial inquiry by CBI ” say mothers of Unnao Dalit teens

Accusing the Uttar Pradesh police officers of trying to cover up the matter, family of two Dalit girls, who had been found dead at a field in Asoha village of Unnao, demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the matter, as police stated a preliminary post-mortem found no injuries on the victims and didn’t point out sexual assault.

“We would like a CBI inquiry as a result of our girls were murdered and we’re being harassed. We have no enmity with anybody in the area and police should release our two relatives,” a report in Hindustan Times quoted mother of one of the victims as saying.

“We’re sure our girls were murdered. This is frequent in this area,” stated the mom of another woman.

“Everyone believed the police had been making an attempt to cover up the incident, and came out on the street,” Shashi Pal, a local villager told HT.

Three minor Dalit girls were found lying unconscious by villagers in a field in Asoha on Wednesday. Whereas two were declared brought dead at the hospital, the third girl is in a critical situation and being treated at a hospital in Kanpur.

However, UP police under pressure after investigation lapses and forced cremation of a Dalit gang rape victim in Hathras last October, on Thursday registered an FIR based on the complaint of members of the family of two girls who were found dead.

The FIR invokes sections 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence) of the IPC.

Based on the FIR, the three girls had gone to the field to collect fodder for their cattle around noon on Wednesday, however, didn’t reach residence until late at night.

A statement by the father of one of the girls, attached to the FIR, states that the scarves were tied around their necks and all of the three girls had froth coming out of their mouths.

They were first taken to a nursing residence first where the physician refused to do the check up. They were then taken to the CHC Asoha government hospital where two girls were declared dead on arrival while the third girl was in a critical situation and was given preliminary treatment, he says.

She was then referred to Unnao district hospital.

“We didn’t have any enmity with anybody however we want a police investigation in it,” he added.

In the meantime, Uttar Pradesh police, citing post-mortem report, claimed there were no injury marks on the bodies of the 2 victims. The postmortem also report didn’t point out sexual assault.

The opposition leaders also demanded a high-level inquiry into the incident.

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday alleged that the Uttar Pradesh government was not only suppressing the Dalit society, but also crushing the honour and human rights of women in the state.

A medical bulletin by the Kanpur hospital stated the third girl was in a critical but stable condition. “On primary evaluation, she was found in shock, a suspected case of poisoning,” the bulletin reads.

The last rites of two teenage girls were performed here on Friday morning amid tight security arrangements.

Earlier, angry family and villagers on refused to let officials bury two Dalit girls, demanding a proper probe into the matter.

“We’re sure our girls were murdered. This is frequent in this area,” stated the mom of another woman.

“Everyone believed the police had been making an attempt to cover up the incident, and came out on the street,” Shashi Pal, a local villager told HT.

Three minor Dalit girls were found lying unconscious by villagers in a field in Asoha on Wednesday. Whereas two were declared brought dead at the hospital, the third girl is in a critical situation and being treated at a hospital in Kanpur.

However, UP police under pressure after investigation lapses and forced cremation of a Dalit gang rape victim in Hathras last October, on Thursday registered an FIR based on the complaint of members of the family of two girls who were found dead.

The FIR invokes sections 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence) of the IPC.

Based on the FIR, the three girls had gone to the field to collect fodder for their cattle around noon on Wednesday, however, didn’t reach residence until late at night.

A statement by the father of one of the girls, attached to the FIR, states that the scarves were tied around their necks and all of the three girls had froth coming out of their mouths.

They were first taken to a nursing residence first where the physician refused to do the check up. They were then taken to the CHC Asoha government hospital where two girls were declared dead on arrival while the third girl was in a critical situation and was given preliminary treatment, he says.

She was then referred to Unnao district hospital.

“We didn’t have any enmity with anybody however we want a police investigation in it,” he added.

In the meantime, Uttar Pradesh police, citing post-mortem report, claimed there were no injury marks on the bodies of the 2 victims. The postmortem also report didn’t point out sexual assault.

The opposition leaders also demanded a high-level inquiry into the incident.

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday alleged that the Uttar Pradesh government was not only suppressing the Dalit society, but also crushing the honour and human rights of women in the state.

A medical bulletin by the Kanpur hospital stated the third girl was in a critical but stable condition. “On primary evaluation, she was found in shock, a suspected case of poisoning,” the bulletin reads.

The last rites of two teenage girls were performed here on Friday morning amid tight security arrangements.

Earlier, angry family and villagers on refused to let officials bury two Dalit girls, demanding a proper probe into the matter.

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