Cremation against our wishes, Hathras victim’s family to Allahabad HC
THE FAMILY members of the 19-year-old Dalit woman, who died after being assaulted and allegedly gangraped by four upper-caste men in Hathras, told the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on Monday that the district administration carried out her cremation “against their wishes”. “Her family told the court that the cremation was done by the Hathras district administration against their wishes,” said senior advocate Jaideep Narain Mathur, who was appointed amicus curiae in the case. “In his statement, Hathras District Magistrate Praveen Kumar Laxkar told the court that they had inputs about a huge law and order problem the next morning, following which they took the decision to carry out the cremation. The District Magistrate denied having sought any direction from Lucknow or got any guidance from Lucknow in the decision regarding the cremation.
He told the court that the decision was taken (by officials) locally, including him,” said Mathur. A PTI report quoted Seema Kushwaha, counsel for the family members, as saying that they wanted the case to be transferred out of the state. “The family wants the case to be transferred to Delhi or Mumbai,” she was quoted as saying.