Local police had earlier said the victim was raped and strangled on a farm near his home in Hathras. But on Thursday, police said they were dismissing the rape allegations.
“Putting a break from all speculation, the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) report on the genital sample of Hathras’ 19-year-old girl revealed that she was not raped,” said Prashant Kumar, an old official from at Uttar Pradesh Police. in a statement. The post-mortem report indicated that the woman had died of trauma following a neck injury.
State police arrested four men last month in connection with the crime. They were first charged with gang-rape and attempted murder.
The victim̵7;s body has been cremated, and his family has not yet responded to a police statement that led to the alleged rape.
Speaking to CNN News 18, the victim’s mother, who was not identified for legal reasons, said her daughter’s body was taken from her against her wishes.
“I begged them to show me his face one last time. They did not,” he said.
Swati Maliwal, the Delhi Commission of Women chief accused on Tuesday that the victim’s body was cremated without the family’s permission, which local authorities denied.
“He was burned with their consent. His family members were there. To make this allegation is completely wrong,” said District Magistrate PK Laxkar.
India’s main opposition party has claimed cover-up and called on the Uttar Pradesh prime minister to resign.
Faced with heavy criticism, the state government has promised to monitor the case quickly. The government said a special investigation would be conducted and the investigative team would have seven days to submit their report.
When the investigation is completed, the hearing of the four men will take place in a speedy court, according to state government spokesman Mrityunjay Kumar.
The woman’s family was also given compensation of nearly $ 34,000, a government job for a family member and a new home in the village, he added in a statement.
The woman’s death sparked protests across Uttar Pradesh, which then spread to major cities including New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. Hundreds of angry protesters shouted and waved banners as they marched through the streets of Hathras. Some demonstrators gathered outside the hospital in Delhi where he died; another protest took place near the residence of the President of India, in which dozens of people were defended for violating pandemic restrictions.
According to human rights organizations including the United Nations Human Rights Council, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, Dalit women are particularly vulnerable to caste-based violence and discrimination.
CNN’s Jessie Yeung and Esha Mitra contributed to the reporting.