Lucknow. The hearing of the Hathras case in the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court began on Monday. The court has fixed November 2 for the next hearing of the case. A bench of Justice Pankaj Mittal and Justice Rajan Roy started hearing the case later in the afternoon while the victim's family was present in the court. Apart from this, the Additional Chief Secretary of Home Department, Director General of Police, Additional Director General of Police, Law and Order, District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police of Hathras also appeared in the court.
Hathras district officer Praveen Kumar Laxkar told the court that the decision to cremate the dead body of the alleged rape victim at night was made in view of maintaining law and order and there was no pressure of the state government on the district administration to do so . The bench fixed November 2 as the next date of hearing in the case. Additional Advocate General VK Sahi was present in the court on behalf of the state government. Earlier, five families, including the parents of a 19-year-old Dalit girl who lost her life in the Hathras case, left for Lucknow from Hathras at 6 am on Monday morning and reached the court premises after noon.
Significantly, on September 14, a 19-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly gang-raped by four upper caste youths in Chandpa police station area of Hathras district. He was admitted to the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College Hospital in Aligarh after the incident worsened. She was later rushed to Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi where she died on 29 September. The Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court took automatic cognizance of the Hathras incident on October 1 to give clarification regarding the incident to the Additional Chief Secretary, Director General of Police and Additional Director General of Police, District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police Hathras. Summoned in court on October