On 14 September 2020, a 19yr old woman was gang-raped in Hathras district, Uttar Pradesh, allegedly by 4 upper-caste men.
After fighting for her life for two weeks, she died in a Delhi hospital, soon she was cremated in a hurry by the UP police with written consent from the family.
The entire incident got viral and details came to focus when videos from family members came to light in which they are seen telling that the police forced them to sign the document, raising questions on the UP government.
Various political identities were accused of manipulating the facts regarding the case.
Coming to their rescue Smriti Irani assured that appropriate action in Hathras case will be taken. The Union Women and Child Development Minister said “It would be inappropriate on my part to talk about an ongoing investigation” when asked to comment on the Hathras tragedy.
“In the Hathras case, the Uttar Pradesh CM has assured me of stringent action. Post my conversation (with Adityanath) I saw that he has referred the case to the CBI. I am sure that once the SIT report (of the UP police)is submitted, he will take appropriate action against the persons concerned (over cremation row),” she told reporters at the Gujarat BJP headquarters.
Irani laid focus on the fact that law and order is a state subject. The Women and Child Development Ministry coordinates with states and investigative agencies to ensure justice in such cases, said Irani, the Lok Sabha MP from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.
She also added, “the Modi government has taken several steps for women’s safety such as setting up help desks for them at 10,000 police stations and disbursement of Rs 9,000 crore to states under the Nirbhaya Fund” when asked if the National Commission for Women had tried to find out why the victim was cremated in the dead of the night.