The Hell Named Hathras, Where Rapes Rage On


The Hell Named Hathras, Where Rapes Rage On

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

The Hathras gang-rape and murder and the shoddy investigation by the Uttar Pradesh administration shook the conscience of the nation. In a month since the horrific incident, headlines from Uttar Pradesh have only been bleak. Now, a four-year-old was allegedly raped by her relative in Sasni, Hathras, on Tuesday. The police said the accused has been arrested and a case has been registered.

Circle Officer Ruchi Gupta said that the girl’s condition is stable. “Information was received in police station Sasni that a four-year-old girl was raped by her own cousin who resides in her neighbourhood in Bhootpura. After receiving the information regarding the incident, our team reached the spot. The victim was sent to the hospital for the tests. We have arrested the accused who was staying near the house of the victim,” said Gupta.

The news once again sparked anger on social media.

“This is what happens when the governance is mute and inefficient and culprits know they can get away with anything,” pointed out one Twitter user.

“What kind of monsters are these, who don’t even leave a 4-year-old?” asked one user. People have been demanding the UP administration to take strict action in the cases to set a deterrent and prevent future incidents.

“Humanity hangs its head in shame once again,” wrote another.

This incident comes merely a month after the gangrape of a 19-year-old Dalit woman who later succumbed to her injuries. In a hearing of the case on Monday, the Allahabad High Court lashed out at the police and district administration for cremating the woman’s body at night. The state government recommended the probe be transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The request was accepted by the Union home ministry and CBI took over the investigation.

It’s clear that UP’s plan to name and shame sexual offenders is not making women in the state feel any safer.