Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra head to Hathras to meet victim's family
A delegation of Congress MPs led by former party chief Rahul Gandhi were headed to Hathras
New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi and a delegation of Congress MPs headed to Hathras on Saturday afternoon to meet the family of the 19-year-old woman who died after she was assaulted and allegedly gang-raped. In pictures which went viral, Priyanka Gandhi is seen driving with her brother Rahul Gandhi seated next to her.
Shashi Tharoor, Congress MP also shared a picture of him driving a car and said he was headed to Hathras, about 180 km from the national capital.
According to reports, a heavy police deployment is in place at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border with barricades on Delhi-Noida Direct (DND) flyway.
Earlier, the Congress leaders tried to reach Hathras to meet the family of the Dalit woman, but were detained by the police and sent back to Delhi.
The young woman suffered multiple fractures, paralysis and a deep gash in her tongue in a savage assault compared by many to the 2012 Nirbhaya gang-rape.
All four attackers, upper caste men from the woman's village, are in jail.
The woman was attacked on September 14 at her village in Hathras, some 200 km from Delhi.
In her statement, she said she had been dragged by her dupatta into the fields from a spot where she had been cutting grass with her mother and brother.
When the family searched, they found her in the fields, naked and bleeding, with horrific injuries.