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The girl in Hathras was sexually assaulted.

As the investigation is currently ongoing, we cannot verify the claim.

As the investigation is currently ongoing, we cannot verify the claim. On September 14, 2020, a 19-year-old Dalit woman was allegedly gang-raped in Hathras district of Uttar Pradesh by four upper-caste men. The girl had succumbed to her injuries in Delhi Safdarjung hospital after two weeks. The woman suffered multiple fractures, a spinal injury and a deep cut in her tongue. The four men have been arrested. The additional director general of police in Uttar Pradesh, Prashant Kumar, in his press meet on October 1, 2020, stated that the report from Forensic Science Laboratory(FSL) indicates that there was no presence of semen on the girl's body. Thus, proving that she was not raped or gang-raped by the men. He had also further pointed out that the postmortem report had found evidence of strangulations and trauma as a cause of death.

The report from FSL was widely questioned as the gynaecological forensic examination of the victim was done in Aligarh on September 25, that is eleven days after the alleged gang-rape. Experts, pointed out that since the samples for the test were collected days after the crime, sperm would not be present. The Centre guidelines for collecting samples for sexual violence indicate that the quest for evidence after 72 hours of assault is considerably reduced.

Several protests broke out throughout the country after the details of the case were made public. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath formed a three-member Special Investigative Team (SIT_, which was instructed to submit its report by October 14. He also suspended Hathras Superintendent of Police Vikrant Vir and four other police officers. However, the SIT has not yet submitted their findings. As the investigation is currently ongoing, we cannot verify the statement.

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