The victim was at least entitled to decent cremation in accordance with her religious customs and rituals, performed by her family: Allahabad HC in Hathras case.

The Allahabad High Court pulled up Uttar Pradesh authorities for the cremation of the victim of Hathras gangrape at odd hours and without taking the consent of her family. A bench of Justices Pankaj Mithal and Rajan Roy was hearing the suo moto case registered over the incident on October 1. The court observed that, “this action of the State Authorities, though in the name of law and order situation, is prima facie an infringement upon the human rights of the victim and her family. The victim was at least entitled to decent cremation in accordance with her religious customs and rituals which essentially are to be performed by her family. Cremation is one of the ‘Sanskars’ i.e., antim sanskar recognized as an important ritual which could not have been compromised taking shelter of law & order situation”.

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