‘Unwarranted comments’: India counters UN diplomat’s remarks on Hathras case

New Delhi (NVI): In response to United Nation’s Resident Coordinator Renata Lok-Dessallien’s comments on the alleged rape and murder in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras and Balrampur, India today said that ‘any unnecessary comments by an external agency are best avoided” since the investigation process is still underway.

In a strongly-worded statement, MEA spokesman Anurag Srivastava today said, “Some unwarranted comments have been made by the UN Resident Coordinator regarding some recent cases of violence against women. UN Resident Coordinator in India should be aware that these cases have been taken extremely seriously by the government.”

“Since the investigation process is still underway, any unnecessary comments by an external agency are best avoided. The Constitution guarantees equality to all citizens of India. As a democracy we have a time-tested record of providing justice to all sections of our society,” he added.

The recent case of violence and alleged sexual assault of a dalit woman in Hathras has in Uttar Pradesh led to nation-wide protests and agitations.

According to reports, a 19-year-old woman was allegedly raped at a village in Hathras by four men on September 14. She was admitted to Aligarh Muslim University’s Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital and later shifted to a Delhi hospital in an extremely critical condition with spinal injuries, paralysis and cuts in her tongue. She later died on Tuesday.

In the other case in Uttar Pradesh’s Balrampur district, a 22-year-old dalit woman died after allegedly being raped by two men. The victim’s mother alleged that the rapists broke the legs and back of her daughter, but the police did not approve the charge.

-ARK