Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his sister and party general secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will visit the Hathras rape victim’s family today. The 19-year-old Dalit woman, died in a Delhi hospital on Tuesday a fortnight after she was gang-raped at Hathras in Uttar Pradesh.
The family of the woman alleges that the local police forced them to conduct the last rites in the dead of the night. Looking at the tense situation in the area, section 144 has been imposed. Congress workers have started thronging at the Delhi-Noida border to accompany the two leaders, he added.
According to a congress leader, Rahul and Priyanka will be accompanied by some members of the party’s Scheduled Castes department – Akshay Maurya, Shivram Singh, Ritu Choudhary, Pramod Kumar, and Pradeep Narwal.
In the meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi attacked the BJP over jungle raj in UP. Before leaving for Hathras, Rahul tweeted, “The atrocities on daughters continue in UP’s jungle raj. They were not given respect when alive and now the dignity has been taken away even in death. BJP’s slogan of ‘Beti Bachao’ is not to save girls but to hide facts and save power.”
Priyanka Gandhi also accused the Yogi-led government of rising crime and such incidents of rape in UP. “Hathras-like gruesome incident has happened in Balrampur. The girl’s feet and back were broken. There have been atrocities on girls in Azamgarh, Baghpat, and Bulandshahr. There is no limit to UP’s jungle raj. Law and order cannot be implemented through marketing and speeches. This is the time for the chief minister’s accountability. People want answers,” she tweeted in Hindi.
The incident has become a full-blown political issue between the ruling BJP and the opposition in the state. The Congress also demanded the resignation of Yogi on Wednesday over the incident.