As days roll by, the narrative in the "horrific" Hathras incident has started changing and accused are now getting increasing support from BJP leaders.
"In such extraordinary and severe circumstances, the district administration took the decision to convince the parents of the deceased to cremate her with all religious rites at night to avoid large scale violence in the morning to cremate the body of the victim that was lying for nearly more than 20 hours after her death and post-mortem, "NDTV quoted the state government's affidavit as saying".
Local police officers, however, said the cremation was carried out "as per the wishes of the family".
Advocate Indira Jaising took up the issue of the protection of the victim's family as well and asked that the trial be transferred from Uttar Pradesh. "The Centre provided "Y-plus" security to an actress from Mumbai, but the family of Hathras Dalit victim is receiving threats to life and is living under terror".
The girl's brother admits that the number belongs to him but vehemently denies having spoken to any member of the accused family.
Priyanka Gandhi, leader of India's main opposition Congress party, with her supporters during a protest over the death of Dalit rape victim, in Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi [Reuters] The woman's death has sparked protests by members of Dalit communities, rights activists and opposition political parties across India.
The family's mobile phones have also reportedly been seized.
Priyanka drove the vehicle with her brother Rahul sitting next to her. Also, statement of Victim's family should be recorded in the Magistrate's Court under section 164. "Whatever points and the complaints they have raised, the SIT will note them, and we will make all efforts to ensure that each of them is addressed", Awasthi said, without elaborating.
Speaking to IANS, Tharoor said, "It is a bad incident and we have to show our respect for the girl". "I went across and saw the girl lying unconscious". One of the accused had in fact tried several times in the past six months to harass the deceased girl and as a result she had stopped going out alone... Last week, Dahariya said, "A big incident took place in Hathras, why is Raman Singh not tweeting?" Her family alleged they were forced by the local police to hurriedly conduct her last rites.
She was admitted to a hospital in Aligarh with serious injuries on neck bones and spinal cord.
She was severely injured and died two weeks later at a hospital in the Indian capital, New Delhi.