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    Opposition, ex-DGP point to UP police folly of citing forensic report

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    On Thursday, additional director general of police (law and order) Prashant Kumar said forensic and autopsy reports had not confirmed rape. This came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi called UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath, asking him to take strict action against the accused and the CM assured the same to the victim’s family.

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    NEW DELHI: The Uttar Pradesh Police have claimed no rape in the Hathras case citing a forensic report, though the victim in her dying statement before a magistrate had purportedly said she was sexually assaulted. But the verdict in the Unnao rape case suggests that the absence of scientific evidence may not hold much sway over such cases.

    A Delhi court last year convicted former BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar for rape in the Unnao case, mainly based on the victim’s testimony, terming it as “unblemished, truthful and of sterling quality”.

    In the Hathras case, the UP Police had added gang-rape charges to the FIR and arrested four people whom the girl had reportedly named in her dying statement on September 22.

    On Thursday, additional director general of police (law and order) Prashant Kumar said forensic and autopsy reports had not confirmed rape. This came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi called UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath, asking him to take strict action against the accused and the CM assured the same to the victim’s family.

    "The rape definition has been expanded since the changes in the law in 2013. So things need to be seen differently. Also, the victim's dying statement is extremely important and cannot be ignored," former UP DGP Javeed Ahmad told ET. Meanwhile, opposition parties in UP are terming Kumar’s statement as an attempt to weaken the case against the accused, who they said might take advantage during trial of the contradictions in the police version of the events.

    In the Sengar case, the medical report of the victim was not a factor as the examination was inordinately delayed. According to opposition parties, the same is the case with the Hathras victim as well, as the samples were taken after a delay. The opposition in UP is also highlighting that under the law after the Nirbhaya case, penetration or presence of semen was not essential to prove a rape case.

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    Devidas Telakat55 days ago
    The police pinned ts version on that no sperm was found. If condoms are used,nosperm will be found. The IPS officer is clearly unfit for his job and should be dismissed under Art 310 by the President.
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