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‘Media will go, we’ll be here’ — video shows Hathras DM telling family of woman ‘gang-raped’

Woman’s family says they don’t feel safe at home, but DM insists his words, as seen and heard in a video circulating on social media, weren’t a threat.

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New Delhi: A video has surfaced on social media Thursday evening, in which Hathras District Magistrate Praveen Kumar Laxkar can be seen and heard issuing what could be construed as a threat to the family of the 20-year-old woman who was allegedly gang-raped and later died.

Laxkar is heard telling the deceased 20-year-old woman’s family in Boolgarhi village: “Half of the media have left today, the other half will leave by tomorrow. Only we will stand with you. Now it is your decision, if you want to change your statement or not.”

The woman was assaulted and allegedly gang-raped by four upper caste men, who were arrested last week. But the Hathras district administration and Uttar Pradesh Police are under fire for their handling of the incident, after cremating the woman’s body without the presence of or consent from her family members.


Also read: Told Hathras DM to cremate body in the morning but he didn’t listen, BJP MP says


Family feels unsafe

ThePrint called up the family to confirm the veracity of the video. “The DM came today after around 3 pm, after the SIT team left from our house, and pressured us to change our statement on cremating my sister without our consent or presence,” the deceased woman’s brother told ThePrint.

“The DM said had your daughter died from Covid-19, you wouldn’t have got the compensation,” added the brother, who accompanied the woman to Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries Tuesday morning.

The woman’s brother also said they no longer feel safe at home. When ThePrint had visited the woman’s house, her mother and brother’s wife had made similar claims.

DM’s defence

The Hathras DM didn’t respond to calls or messages from ThePrint asking him for his reaction to the allegations of threatening the family.

However, in a statement to news agency ANI, Laxkar refuted the allegations, saying: “I met with six family members of the victim yesterday and we spoke for about an hour and a half. I met with them again today to see their point of discontent. I deny the negative rumours which are rife about my interactions with them.”


Also read: You can’t talk of Hathras rape without listing other rapes — thanks to IT cell whataboutery


 

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6 COMMENTS

  1. India is rape capital of the world. Its a result of badly brought up men, coupled with caste-based racism, government incompetence – at times complicity – and abysmal law and order in states like UP. Pity the poor, low caste women, they are treated worse than animals.

  2. Shailesh it cell defenders of rape,what is the source of your story whatsapp university.nice conspiracy,because none of the right wing and left wing shows me the report of rajasthan.also,here it another rape in balrampur took place.bjp always tries to defend rapists just like you did in asia bano case.but like Asia bano case was end in victory so does this case.

  3. When religious zealots known for their fundamentalist beliefs try to divide Hindus by ignoring rape in RAJASTHAN by their own community. It’s time to say stop DIVIDING HINDUS YOU DAMNED PROSELYTIZERS and focus on JUSTICE for rape victim and her family.

    • Mahapurush who is dividing Hindus tell me.casteism already existed in hinduism since millenia.and what rape in rajasthan,I don’t hear any right wing and left leaning media talking about that.and btw there’s no castes angle,even balrampur girl was raped.just because the accused where upper caste Hindus you will defend them.just wait for forensic reports from AIIMS.then those Thakur’s and politicians will be punished.

  4. The DM pursues Ajay Singh Bisht’s instructions. What he wanted to convey was that they should fall in line – otherwise “thok do”

  5. Downright disgusting. Shameful. That man has to be interrogated and dismissed and jailed. These people aren’t even human beings.

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