After facing flak for the alleged gang-rape of a 19-year-old Dalit girl from Hathras and the way her unfortunate death was handled by the Uttar Pradesh police, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday tweeted to assure citizens that his government is committed to the safety and security of women.
Yogi Adityanath, in a tweet in Hindi, said: “Those who even think of harming mothers and daughters in UP, their destruction is assured. They will get punishment that will set an example for the future. The government of UP is committed to the safety and security and development of all mothers and sisters. This is our commitment and promise.”
उत्तर प्रदेश में माताओं-बहनों के सम्मान-स्वाभिमान को क्षति पहुंचाने का विचार मात्र रखने वालों का समूल नाश सुनिश्चित है।
इन्हें ऐसा दंड मिलेगा जो भविष्य में उदाहरण प्रस्तुत करेगा।
आपकी @UPGovt प्रत्येक माता-बहन की सुरक्षा व विकास हेतु संकल्पबद्ध है।
यह हमारा संकल्प है-वचन है।
— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) October 2, 2020
Notably, the CM has already spoken to the victim’s father and assured him of the strictest possible action against the perpetrators of the crime. He has also assured that the trial in the case would be conducted by a fast-track court for speedy justice in the case. Yogi Adityanath has already forced a special investigation team that is probing the case.
Meanwhile, sources said that the victim’s family has been offered a compensation of Rs 25 lakh, a house and a government job for a family member,
TMC MP pushed to ground by UP cops
A day after the scuffle between Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and the Uttar Pradesh police, Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Derek O’Brien was pushed to the ground by the UP cops on Friday during a confrontation while he was on his way to Hathras to meet the 19-year-old Dalit gang-rape victim’s family.
Derek O’Brien and several other TMC leaders were stopped by the UP police when they were just 1.5 km away from the victim’s family.
Hathras gang-rape case history
A 19-year-old woman was attacked on September 14 at Hathras village. She told the cops that she was dragged by her dupatta into the fields where she had been cutting grass.
The family later found her in the fields, naked and bleeding, with injuries on her neck and back.
She suffered multiple fractures, paralysis and a deep gash in her tongue in the assault. The injuries to her neck left her paralysed and struggling to breathe, media reports said.
Her family has alleged that the police did not help them initially and only reacted after public outrage over the incident.
UP police denied that her tongue was cut off and said she bit her tongue when her attackers were trying to strangle her.
News of her death led to protests outside the hospital with the Bhim Army of Chandrashekhar Azad blocking roads for 10-15 minutes and protesters chanting ‘hang the rapists’. There has been an outpouring of grief and anger from politicians, celebrities and others.
The UP police initially registered an attempt to murder case but added rape charges only after the woman’s formal statement. They have denied the family’s allegation of slow response.
The victim’s family alleged that the body was cremated by the police in a hurry in the dead of the night and the family and relatives were not allowed to have a last look.
Meanwhile, the UP police are now claiming that no rape had happened, citing a forensic report.
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