Uttar Pradesh ADG (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar has said the 19-year-old Hathras woman who succumbed to her injuries at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital was not raped.
According to a report by Indian Express, Mr Kumar made the claims while citing a forensic science laboratory (FSL) report.
The senior Uttar Pradesh police officer also said the Dalit woman, who had been assaulted by four upper-caste men in Hathras district on 14 September, died due to an injury on the neck and trauma resulting due to it as per a post mortem report of Safdarjung Hospital.
“The report of the FSL has also come. It says clearly that samples did not have sperm. It makes clear that there was not rape or gang rape,” Mr. Kumar was quoted as saying by the national newspaper. “Even the woman in her statement to police did not mention about rape but talked about ‘marpeet’ (beating) only,” he said.
“For disturbing social harmony and create caste violence, some persons wrongly presented facts. Police took immediate action in the case and now we will identify those who tried to disturb social harmony and create caste violence,” the ADG said.
With her tongue cut by the assaulters and her spinal cord and neck severely injured, leaving her paralysed in all four limbs, the 19-year-old passed away on Tuesday, triggering widespread national outrage and protests by the Opposition.