Tuesday, January 18

Uttar Pradesh: 4 hacked to death in Dalit family, one gang raped

By: Abhijit Ray, Kolkata, India

Four family members of a dalit (lower caste) family was brutally killed in Prayagraj at the Indian state Uttar Pradesh. Amongst the killed were a 50-year aged male, one 45 year aged female, a 16 year old girl along with a 10 year old boy. 

There are also further allegations that the teenage girl might have been gangraped before her murder. 

In this horrific incident, the accusation was leveled against a neighbouring upper caste family. The kin of the victims alleged that the upper caste family had tortured the lower caste family members many times before. Both the families were having some land related disputes from the year 2019. 

Congress leader and Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Priyanka Gandhi is expected to meet the families of the victims. 

The four dead bodies were found in a decomposing state. 

Police have already registered a First Information Report (FIR) against 11 accused involved in the murder and related to the gang rape case, the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act. 

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The body of the teenage girl was found inside one room and the bodies of the other three were found lying in the yard outside the house. 

After a preliminary investigation, police said all four were hacked to death with the help of sharp-edged weapons and deep scars were also found on everyone’s body. 

A family member of the victims said that there were problems between the two families since 2019. Repeatedly, the upper caste family used to torture the lower caste family. The issue reached its climax last September. The lower caste family members were beaten on September 21 by the upper caste family members but unfortunately, about a week later, a First Information Report (FIR) was lodged against the families of the victims which was quite surprising. 

A First Information Report (FIR) is a written document prepared by the police when they receive information about the commission of a cognizable offence. It is a report of information that reaches the police first in point of time and that is why it is called the First Information Report. 

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Excluding this also, allegations are being  raised against the police by the family of the victims that police is trying to suppress the murder case and a police constable named Sushil Kumar is instigating the families of the victims to come to an agreement and to withdraw the case against the upper caste family.

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