Month after Hathras woman’s death: ‘This time last year, she was making rangoli, decorating puja room for Diwali’

Written by Jignasa Sinha
| Hathras |

Updated: October 30, 2020 7:30:24 am

As many as 60 security personnel have been deployed outside the victim’s house in Hathras.

“Last year, around this time, she was decorating the house with rangoli (ahead of Diwali) for pooja. There’s no one to do that this time. We are trying to go back to the fields and resume work. But it is difficult to work, now that she’s not here…we miss her every day,” said the mother, exactly a month after her 19-year-old daughter, who was allegedly raped and assaulted by four upper-caste men in Hathras on September 14, died at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital on September 29.

Admitted to AMU hospital for two weeks, she had regained consciousness after a week of the incident and recorded her statement, saying she had been raped.

A month after on, UP Police has stepped up the security outside the family’s home. Police sources said more than 50 police personnel guard the house, and CRPF personnel will soon join the local police. The family had earlier requested for police protection after a few Thakur families staged protests outside the village.

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