Hathras: UP affidavit cites US stir, Cong cries ‘cover-up’

Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 6

The mention of “black men, NYPD, San Diego” among a range of American protest references in UP’s Hathras affidavit today gave the Opposition fresh fodder to seek the dismissal of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for attempting a “cover up”.

After the state government swore on oath before the Supreme Court that the Hathras victim was “not raped” and was “cremated with full rituals after convincing her family”, Mahila Congress president Sushmita Dev accused the state of falsifying facts and said the CM should be dismissed forthwith to ensure a fair probe.

The Congress also questioned the UP administration’s claim that the girl who died on September 29 after a grievous attack on September 14 was “not raped” with Dev noting that the victim’s statement that she was allegedly gangraped was legally enough to prosecute the perpetrators.

A specific challenge the Opposition posed to the UP administration related to queer and copious references in the affidavit to materials that appeared lifted from the American “Black Lives Matter movement.”

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