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Hathras victim was raped & murdered, CBI says after investigation

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The 19-year-old Dalit woman who died in September this year in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras district was gang-raped and murdered by the accused, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), said on Friday in the charge sheet filed before a court.

The four accused in the alleged gang-rape and torture of a young Dalit woman in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras in September were today charged by the CBI gang-rape and murder, over three months after the incident that triggered outrage across the nation.

The CBI has also invoked charges against the accused under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The probe agency filed its chargesheet before a court in Hathras, some 200 km from Delhi.

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The agency has looked into the role of accused Sandeep, Luvkush, Ravi and Ramu who are in judicial custody. They were also put through different forensic tests at the Forensic Science Laboratory in Gandhinagar, they said.

The CBI investigators had also met doctors at the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital, where the victim was treated after the alleged gangrape on September 14. The Uttar Pradesh government had faced a lot of pressure for the case which was later transferred to the CBI.

The 20-year-old Dalit woman was allegedly raped by four men from the so-called upper caste community in Hathras on September 14. She later died due to her injuries at a hospital in Delhi. The victim was cremated near her home on September 30.

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