Siblings Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi, key figures within the Congress party, were arrested and detained by the police in the state of Uttar Pradesh as they attempted to stop their vehicles on foot to reach the village of Hathras, Because officers stopped their vehicles on the motorway.
He was later released by the Uttar Pradesh Police and taken back to Delhi.
The village of Hathras has become a hub of protests this week in which a 19-year-old Dalit girl from the village was killed, who was allegedly gang-raped and violently tortured by four neighbors. He died in the hospital on Tuesday morning.
Her family has alleged that she was the victim of a caste-based attack, carried out by upper-caste men because she was a Dalit – the lowest caste.
Protests erupted over allegations that police did not take her case seriously because of her condition, and resentment mounted on Wednesday after the family alleged that the police cremated her body at night against her will.
A section 144 order was imposed in the village preventing the gathering of more than five people. The area was also considered to be a coronaires contribution zone, preventing outsiders from entering, which some opposition leaders claimed was a politically motivated move in an effort to prevent unrest.
On Thursday morning, Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi, who both spoke in support of the victim’s family, attempted to go to Hathras to meet the family and the protesters. His car was stopped by the police about 100 miles from the village, and so the leaders continued on foot.
A wall of police blocked his path, and Rahul Gandhi was pushed to the floor by officers, who detained him. “I stand here peacefully. I want to march to Hathras alone. Section 144 Regarding public assembly. I will go to Hathras alone. On what basis are you detaining me? Gandhi was heard saying to the authorities that he had arrested him.
Talking to the assembled crowd, Rahul said: “The police just pushed me, charged sticks and threw me on the ground. I want to ask, can Modi-ji walk in this country? Can not a normal person walk? Our vehicle was stopped, so we started walking. ”
Congress party leaders accused ministers in the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party of creating tension in the village and indulging in “political tourism”.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that the matter has been referred to a special investigation team and will be sent for trial soon.
A police forensic report released on Thursday said the 19-year-old had not committed rape, though this was not in line with reports from a hospital in Delhi where she was admitted and the girl’s own family and police account before she died Was.
The alleged rape has brought up the issue of sexual violence in lower caste women, especially in Uttar Pradesh. India is the most dangerous country in the world to be a woman and it is women from lower castes who bear the brunt of sexual violence. In the last one month, there have been several incidents of rape and murder of young Dalit girls in Uttar Pradesh, with the highest incidence of caste-based violence in India.
On Thursday, news broke of a 22-year-old Dalit woman in Uttar Pradesh who was allegedly drugged and gang-raped two days ago while applying for admission at a local school. She also later died of her injuries.