Opposition Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi expressed his concern on the “persecution” of Muslims, Dalits and tribals in India.
“The shameful truth is that many Indians don’t consider Dalits, Muslims and Tribals to be human”. He said in a tweet in reference to the recent gang-rape incident that took place in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras district.
He slammed the Uttar Pradesh police for alleging that the girl was not raped. “The CM & his police say no one was raped because for them, and many other Indians, she was NO ONE,” the former Congress chief tweeted.
It is pertinent to note that the Uttar Pradesh police have said that the FSL report does not confirm the presence of sperm in the girl’s body, which is proof that she was not raped. However, the several doctors in Aligarh Muslim University’s J. N Medical have discredited the FSL report saying that the samples were taken almost 10 days after the incident while the government guidelines say to that the samples should be taken within 96 hours after the incident.
Dr Hamza Malik, president of the Resident Doctors’ Association at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, called the FSL report “unreliable”.
“How will the FSL team find evidence of rape 11 days later? Sperm doesn’t survive after 2-3 days. They took samples from hair, clothes, nail bed and vaginal-anal orifice; the samples may not show presence of semen because of urination, defecation and menstruation.”
The 19-year-old Dalit woman was allegedly gang-raped in Hathras by several men. She died at Delhi’s Safdarjung hospital on 29 September and her body was cremated by police officers, allegedly her family’s consent.