The Allahabad High Court on Thursday dismissed a petition seeking the release of the family of the 19-year-old Dalit woman from Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras district, who died last month after four upper caste Thakur men gangraped and tortured her, reported Bar and Bench.

A habeas corpus petition was filed by a Valmiki organisation named Akhil Bharatiya Valmiki Mahapanchayat’s on behalf of the family against their “illegal confinement” at home by district authorities.

Justices Prakash Padia and Pritinker Diwaker said the matter was already before the Supreme Court. It added that it would not be proper for the High Court to “entertain the present petition on merits, especially when security has been provided to petitioners 1 to 6 and other family members of the deceased victim-girl”.

However, the court said that the petitioners have the liberty to file an appropriate petition before the Supreme Court.

“...judicial propriety demands that it will not be proper for this Court to entertain the present petition on merits, especially when security has been provided to petitioners 1 to 6 and other family members of the deceased victim-girl on the observation made by the Hon’ble Apex Court and also on the basis of the directions issued by the Lucknow Bench of this Court on 01.10.2020 in a Suo Motu...

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