Families of two teenage girls found hanged from a tree in Uttar Pradesh’s Badaun district in May said on Thursday they would go to the Supreme Court and appeal to the Prime Minister after the CBI concluded the cousins had committed suicide and were not raped or murdered.
The CBI’s conclusions contradict an initial state police report that the Dalit girls, aged 14 and 15, were raped before being hanged from a mango tree a day after they went missing.
The Uttar Pradesh government faced massive flak after the deaths that added to public anger over increasing sexual violence against women after the fatal gang-rape of a 23-year-old student on a Delhi bus on December 16, 2012.
“My niece and daughter were brutally murdered. And now the CBI is saying that they committed suicide. It is very strange. They are making fun of our poverty,” said the father of one of the girls. “The CBI’s conclusion has pained me a lot. I would not rest until justice to my daughters is meted out.”
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who was under fire after the incident triggered international outrage, trained his guns on the media after the CBI’s findings , saying the state government’s “small mistakes” were blown out of proportion while good moves do not find any mention in the media.
“The Badaun case has become clear now … You (TV channels) might have deleted the recordings but our departments have all the records about what all you said about the government after the Badaun incident,” said Yadav.
Urban development minister Azam Khan demanded the media to apologise to Yadav.
“It should render an unconditional apology for all its actions (which have defamed the government unnecessarily) of which the Badaun case is among the top, to the dedicated chief minister having a clean image through their channels,” Khan said.