India’s Women & Child Development Minister Smriti Irani and country’s lapdog media face condemnation for hypocrisy after 19-year-old Dalit gang-rape victim from Hathras dies


The brutal gang-rape of a Dalit woman in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras and her subsequent death has triggered a huge outcry across India. Angry citizens have sought to highlight the hypocrisy of Union Minister Smriti Irani and India’s lapdog media.

The 19-year-old Dalit woman was brutally raped by four men on 14 September. The girl’s perpetrators cut her tongue and broke three of her bones. She succumbed to her injuries on Tuesday at a hospital in Delhi.

According to media reports, the girl was attacked by a group of monsters when she was working in a field with her mother. She was first admitted to a local hospital in Aligarh but had to be rushed to Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital when her condition deteriorated.

The Hathras Police, whose questionable role came under scrutiny, on Tuesday issued a statement denying the reports that the victim’s tongue was slashed by her perpetrators.

Meanwhile, Twitterati have targeted the hypocrisy of India’s lapdog media for losing their voice on the gruesome gang-rape and death of the Dalit girl. Netizens are also condemning Union Minister Smriti Irani for her silence on the humanity-shaming incident. Many took to Twitter reminding Irani how she had taken to the streets protesting against the crimes against women during the UPA government headed by the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Ironically, Irani now holds the Women and Child Development ministry in the central government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and is also an MP from Uttar Pradesh, where the 19-year-old Dalit girl was brutalised.

Irani has not tweeted on the Hathras incident as she remained busy in retweeting social media posts of PM Modi on Tuesday. As for the lapdog TV channels, they’ve remained loyal to seeking justice for pro-BJP actress Kangana Ranaut.