A 23 year old woman from Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh was set on fire by 5 men today morning outside her village when she was en-route to a local court for hearing of the rape case. The woman had filed a rape case against 2 men from her own village in March. According to the police, all 5 men including the two accused of rape have been taken into custody after arrest.
One of the two rape accused was released on bail just last week, and the other one was on the run. As the opposition political parties starting raising voice over the incident, Uttar Pradesh Government has directed the police to not show any mercy and ensure ‘maximum punishment’ for the accused.
Apart from asking a report from the police on the incident, the Yogi Adityanath led government said they will fund the woman’s treatment. The woman is said to have suffered 90% burns according to officials. She was soon rushed to Lucknow to be treated in a specialised hospital.
Vikrant Vir, Unnao’s Police official said ‘We received the information in the morning. The woman named the accused and soon after we had formed teams to arrest them’.
In March, the woman had filed a FIR (First Information Report) against two men who lived in her paternal village in the district of Unnao, she not only accused of raping her, but filming the whole incident as well. The FIR was only filed when a local court intervened in the matter. The FIR was lodged in Rae Bareli district.
One of the two accused was not been arrested yet as he was on a run, and the second accused got bail last week. Cops claimed that they had put lookout notices for the former and his property were attached as well.
OP Singh, DGP (Director General of Police), Uttar Pradesh said ‘Our first priority is to save the woman. The criminal justice system has three-four compartments but we do not work like that. I do not want to blame anyone’. He added by saying ‘the fact is that we did arrest one of the accused. I will get more facts on the case but I am sure that the local police would have opposed the bail application of the rape-accused’.
Footage surfaced from the local hospital of Unnao wherein the woman was seen to taken to an Ambulance on a stretcher surrounded by Police Personnel.
Following the incident, BJP has seen major outrage both from public and opposition, Priyanka Gandhi, Congress Leader said by tweeting ‘India’s Home Minister Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh’s CM lied that Law and Order have improved in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Seeing incidents like this make her furious. BJP Leaders show now stop spreading such fake propaganda’.
कल देश के गृह मंत्री और उत्तर प्रदेश के मुख्यमंत्री ने साफ-साफ झूठ बोला कि यूपी की क़ानून व्यवस्था अच्छी हो चुकी।— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) December 5, 2019
हर रोज ऐसी घटनाओं को देखकर मन में रोष होता है। भाजपा नेताओं को भी अब फर्जी प्रचार से बाहर निकलना चाहिए।https://t.co/XGqvqu7Dxd
Supriya Sule, Leader NCP (Nationalish Congress Party) also took to twitter to comment on this grave incident. She used 3 tweets to express what she wants to say, in the initial tweet she said ‘Extremely sad and shocked to hear that Unnao Rape victim was burnt earlier this morning. If the culprits were not shielded and prosecuted on time this wouldn’t have happened. Complete state of Lawlessness in the state of Uttar Pradesh…(1/3 )’.
If the State government can’t give justice to the victim, this case needs to be transferred to the Centre for further investigation… (2/3) #Unnao— Supriya Sule (@supriya_sule) December 5, 2019
Ram Gopal Yadav, Samajwadi Party and Rajya Sabha MP said ‘President’s rule should be imposed in UP where Jungle Raj is prevalent. There is no law and order in the state’.
Sakshi Maharaj, MP, BJP from Unnao said the incident was ‘unfortunate’, she added she has used all her power to make sure that the investigation is done and the accused gets punished.
Sakshi also said that the accused in such heinous crimes should get nothing but capital punishment.
A Twitter user asked a very apt question via his tweet ‘Why aren’t there any #AntiRapistSquads in this country?’
People on Twitter are displaying their outrage
#Unnao— Manish Rai (@manishr94) December 5, 2019
Why to deploy Army on the borders of the country,
When the blo*dy rapists(ter*orists) are roaming free inside the country…
The reaction of the GOVT OF INDIA is equally deplorable. pic.twitter.com/vyM3LKlRJU
This is horrific and a travesty.. If the police had pursued the rape charges diligently and arrested the perpetrator this would not have happened. We’ve changed the laws but police remain the same #Unnao #rape #VAW https://t.co/gx2U9FX3FA— Gargi Rawat (@GargiRawat) December 5, 2019