Robert Vadra says Hathras victim's parents should have been allowed to make decision on last rites, slams Yogi Adiyanath govt

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Businessman Robert Vadra, husband of Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, on Thursday said that parents of victim of alleged Hathras gangrape should have been allowed to "make a decision of how they would like to give her last rites".

Robert Vadra
Robert Vadra

New Delhi: Businessman Robert Vadra, husband of Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, on Thursday said that parents of victim of alleged Hathras gangrape should have been allowed to "make a decision of how they would like to give her last rites".

He also sought the resignation of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, saying it is "a promising state but nothing is going to come about if we are ruled by people who don't know how to rule and who can let this thing pass".

Vadra said that men need to change their attitude towards women and learn to respect them.He said that Congress leaders have a right to meet the family of the victim and alleged that "state boundaries were sealed" to prevent Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi from entering the state.

Raising questions over the manner of cremation of the Hathras victim on Wednesday, he said "they (the police officials) cremated her, they went ahead and did whatever they had to do".

"Who allows them to go and cremate a person at night or 1 am in the morning. Can this happen without the administration knowing, it's impossible. They cremated her, they went ahead and did whatever they had to do. I wish that her soul rests in peace," Vadra said.

"Look what's happening, the whole of India, every political party is coming together. You can have forensic teams, and other doctors say that it wasn't like this, but at least let the parents make a decision of how they would like to give her last rites," he added.

Uttar Pradesh Police said on Thursday that the forensic report of the Hathras victim, who succumbed to her injuries following an alleged gang rape, showed "that the woman was not raped". Earlier, Aligarh hospital's medical report of the 19-year-old Dalit woman, who succumbed to an assault by four upper-caste men, did not confirm rape.

State government officials have also said that "consent of the family" was taken before the victim was cremated in "wee hours" on Wednesday.

Strongly condemning the Hathras incident, Vadra said, "we have to make an example of those people who did this incident to eradicate or stop this from happening again".

"When my family, Rahul and Priyanka are trying to meet the parents and speak to them and give some support, police are being sent to the borders, borders have been sealed and they are saying its only because of COVID-19. How come the borders were not sealed till yesterday or two days back? How can they say we don't have regard for COVID-19?" Vadra questioned.

Congress said that Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi were "arrested by the UP police" on Thursday while they were on their way to meet Hathras victim's family.

Vadra said Hathras incident has troubled Priyanka Gandhi.(ANI)








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