AjeyoLAST UPDATED: Oct. 1, 2020, 10:35 a.m.
New Delhi: Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will visit Hathras in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday to meet the family of the woman who died after being gang-raped, and whose cremation in the night by the police has provoked nationwide outrage.
Party sources said the permission for the visit has been sought from the Uttar Pradesh government, and they will leave for Hathras on Thursday. Many leaders of the Congress are going to accompany them.
However, media reports say that coronavirus symptoms have been found in 3 policemen in the village. There is a possibility that the whole village may be declared as a Containment Zone.
According to information received from the sources, the COVID-19 infected policemen have been quarantined.
The Congress has protested statewide on Wednesday and Rahul Gandhi had dubbed the "forcible cremation" of the Hathras gang rape victim by the police as a "shameful" move of the Uttar Pradesh government.
"It is a shameful move of the state government to oppress the Dalits and show them their place in society," he tweeted in Hindi, tagging a news report on the cremation of the 19-year-old woman.
"Our fight is against this despicable thinking," the Congress leader added.
Earlier, the party had demanded Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's resignation for "not acting in time".
The 19-year-old Dalit woman from Hathras was cremated early Wednesday in her native village amid tight security.
SIT reaches crime spot
The SIT has reached the spot to investigate the Hathras case. The SIT members have already met the family members of the victim. The SIT has to submit the report in 7 days.
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken a tough stand on the issue. The NHRC has sent a notice to the UP government and the UP Police.
On Wednesday evening, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath spoke to the victim's family through video conferencing and raised the amount of compensation to Rs 25 lakh. He also promised to give a government job and home to a family member of the victim.
(With IANS inputs)