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Hathras Gangrape Victim Must Have Called Accused to the Field: UP BJP Leader's Controversial Remark

The politics over the Hathras incident is getting murkier by the day. Ranjeet Bahadur Srivastava, a BJP leader from Barabanki, has claimed that the four upper caste men accused of brutally assaulting the 19-year-old Dalit girl in Hathras are 'innocent' and it is the victim who was 'awaara' (wayward). The controversial Bharatiya Janata Party leader, who has over 44 criminal cases against him, made this shocking statement in an interview to a news channel on Tuesday night. He claimed that the teen was 'having an affair with the accused' and had called him to the millet field on September 14 (the day of the crime). In the interview, Srivastava can be heard saying, "The victim must have called the boy to the field because they were having an affair. This news is already out on social media and news channels. She must have got caught after that." However, the BJP leader did not stop there. He claimed that "such women are found dead in a few specific spots".

News source ~ News18