After repeated complaints by the family of the 19-year-old gangrape victim from Hathras of a threat to their lives, the Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday stepped up security outside their house.
A day after the Supreme Court rapped the UP government for failing to ensure the safety of the Hathras victim’s family, security was ramped up at their house in the Bhoolgarhi village.
Among the new security measures were closed-circuit CCTV monitoring as well as the heightened deployment of security personnel for the Dalit family.
Metal detectors have also been placed at the victim’s house to check all those who enter or leave the premises.
CCTV cameras being installed at the Hathras family’s home. (Photo: India Today)
Speaking to media, Hathras Joint Magistrate Prem Prakash Meena said that CCTV cameras have been installed at key spots with the consent of the family.
“Three-layered security is in place and personal security is also being provided to the family members,” Meena added.
Two police constables have also been deputed for the security of each family member of the Hathras victim’s family.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court sought Uttar Pradesh government’s reply by October 8 on how the witnesses were being protected in the case in which a Dalit girl was allegedly brutally raped and died of injuries.
LIVING IN FEAR, WILL LEAVE VILLAGE: FAMILY
However, despite the added security measures, the victim’s family claims they no longer feel safe in Bhoolgarhi and are likely to leave the village soon.
Speaking to India Today TV, the family of the victim said they have been living in fear since the tragedy and that they wish to leave Bhoolgarhi village of Hathras because of the constant targetting.
“We feel that there is no way to live now. We will go to any relative’s place because we are afraid of the situation. We will go anywhere. We worked hard here to earn. Will do the same somewhere else,” Hathras victim’s father told India Today.
“The situation is so bad and the pressure is so much that we have to leave the village. Rumours are being spread. Even the younger brother is getting life threats,” victim’s elder brother said.
A 19-year-old Dalit woman was allegedly raped in the Hathras village by four men on September 14. After her condition deteriorated, she was taken to a hospital where she succumbed to injuries.