Local police initially said the victim was raped and strangled in a field near her home in Hatras. But on Thursday, police said they rejected allegations of rape.
“Reassuring all speculation, a report by the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) on the vaginal test of a 19-year-old girl from Hatras revealed that she had not been raped,” said Prashant Kumar, a senior police officer in Uttar Pradesh. in a statement. The death report shows that the woman died of a neck injury.
Last month, state police arrested four men in connection with the crime. They were initially charged with gang rape and attempted murder.
The victim’s body has already been cremated, and her family has not yet responded to a police statement denying the alleged rape.
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“I asked them to show me her face for the last time. They didn’t,” she said.
Swati Malival, head of the Delhi Women’s Commission, said on Tuesday that the victim’s body had been cremated without the family’s consent, which local authorities denied.
“She was cremated with their consent. Her family members were present there. To claim that this statement is absolutely wrong,” said District Magistrate PK Laxkar.
India’s main opposition party has called for the case to be covered up and called on Uttar Pradesh’s chief minister to resign.
Faced with heavy criticism, the state government has promised to speed up the case. The government said a special investigation would be conducted and that the investigation team would have seven days to present its report.
Following the investigation, the four men will be heard in a speedy trial, according to state government spokesman Mityuncai Kumar.
The woman’s family also received compensation of about $ 34,000, a government job for a family member and a new house in the village, he added in a statement.
The woman’s death sparked protests in Uttar Pradesh, which then spread to major cities, including New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. Hundreds of angry protesters chanted and waved banners as they marched through the streets of Hatras. Some demonstrators gathered in front of the hospital in Delhi, where she died; another protest took place near the Indian president’s residence, where several dozen people were detained for violating pandemic restrictions.
According to human rights organizations, including the UN Human Rights Council, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, Dalit women are particularly vulnerable to violence and discrimination based on caste.
Jesse Yong and Esha Mitra of CNN contributed to the reports.