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Don’t cremate body of Unnao gang-rape victim’s father: HC

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The Allahabad High Court today ordered that the body of the Unnao gang rape victim’s father should not be cremated, if already not done so. The man had died on Monday in custody after his 18-year-old daughter had accused a BJP MLA, his brother and his aides of raping her.

A bench of Chief Justice D B Bhosale and Justice Suneet Kumar passed the order taking cognisance of the gangrape case in Uttar Pradesh on a letter to the court by senior lawyer Gopal Swaroop Chaturvedi detailing the incident.

“If the body has not been cremated, then it shall not be cremated,” the court said. Chaturvedi also demanded fair investigation in the heinous crime and later, on the death of the victim’s father. The bench also sought the state government’s stand on the case while slating the matter for next hearing on April 12.

It also asked the advocate general or one of the additional advocate general to remain present during the course of hearing to apprise the court about the case and action being taken.

However, the body of the woman’s father was cremated yesterday.

The police had yesterday arrested Atul Singh, brother of BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, in connection with the gangrape of the woman and the custodial death of her father. The Supreme Court will also hear next week a plea for CBI probe into the Unnao gangrape case. -(Agencies)

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