HATHRAS, UP: CBI will probe the alleged gang rape and murder of a 19-year-old Dalit woman in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras.
She was attacked, raped, and brutally tortured by four men belonging to the Thakur community. After fighting for her life for two weeks, she succumbed to her fatal injuries in AIIMS.
The handling of the investigation by the police triggered nationwide outrage because the victim's body was burned at night in the absence of parents.
The police said that she was not raped but Aligarh hospital, which treated the victim, said that she had injuries in her private parts.
The victims' family continued to face threats and at one point were prevented from talking to the media or opposition.
Yogi Adityanath government had recommended a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) last week.
The police filed as many as 19 FIRs alleging an "international conspiracy" aiming to topple the Adityanath government through the gangrape of the victim by creating caste tensions.
One of the accused said that he is a friend of the victim and that her parents did not approve of their relationship.
After the Hathras case, another gangrape and murder of a 22-year-old woman took place in Balrampur. Her body was also burned at midnight.
After the Hathras case, upper-caste men conducted a rally in support of the accused saying that there should be a fair probe. They added that if the perpetrators are guilty then they should be hanged.