National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to the Uttar Pradesh government and the state’s police chief in connection with the gang rape of a 19-year-old Dalit women in Hathras district, officials said .
The woman, who was battling for her life after the assault, died at Safdarjung Hospital on Tuesday.
The NHRC has taken suo motu cognisance in connection with the ‘gang rape and brutality of a 19-year-old women belonging to the Scheduled Caste in Hathras district’, the rights panel said in a statement.
According to reports, she had gone missing on September 14 and was found in a badly injured condition on September 22, and was subjected to gang rape and brutality in Hathras over two weeks ago, it said.
The Commission has sent notices to the chief secretary of the state government and the Director General of Police of Uttar Pradesh, the officials said.
On September 14, the young woman had gone to the fields with her mother and went missing soon after.
She was found later, beaten and tortured, her tongue cut as she bit it when the accused attempted to strangle her.
She was first admitted to Aligarh Muslim University’s Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital and then shifted to Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi on Monday.
The commission said the responses from the state authorities are expected within four weeks.
The NHRC observed that the young woman belonging to the Scheduled Caste community was subjected to sexual harassment and brutality.
‘It is apparent that the police was not able to take timely action to trace and save the victim due to which she could not be saved from being subjected to grave cruelty,’ it said.