Rage as an­other mi­nor raped in UP

Khaleej Times - - INDIA -

Not a sin­gle day goes with­out re­ports of rape and child abuse in In­dia. The body of an eight-year-old (Kathua rape vic­tim) should not be dragged into the bat­tle­field of pol­i­tics. We have to wage a war against rape. Kailash Sat­yarthi, No­bel lau­re­ate

etah (Ut­tar Pradesh) — A sev­enyear-old girl at­tend­ing a wed­ding was al­legedly raped and stran­gled here early on Tues­day by a man hired to set up tents for the cer­e­mony, po­lice said.

Al­ready fight­ing pub­lic anger over the rape of a teen al­legedly by a rul­ing party MLA in Un­nao, the BJP gov­ern­ment in Ut­tar Pradesh, in a quick dam­age con­trol move, in­voked the strin­gent Na­tional Se­cu­rity Act (NSA) against the al­leged rapist.

Un­der the NSA, a per­son can be de­tained with­out bail or trial and au­thor­i­ties need not dis­close grounds of de­ten­tion if they be­lieve the de­tainee can act in a way that poses a threat to the se­cu­rity of the state or the coun­try or the main­te­nance of pub­lic or­der.

En­raged over the heinous crime, the vic­tim’s fam­ily blocked the Etah-Far­rukhabad road, while op­po­si­tion par­ties slammed the Yogi Adityanath gov­ern­ment for the “sud­den spurt” in rape cases.

The pro­test­ers, de­mand­ing Rs1 mil­lion as com­pen­sa­tion, lifted the block­ade af­ter a cou­ple of hours fol­low­ing an as­sur­ance from Prem­lata Verma David, wife of Etah MLA Vipin Ku­mar David, that their de­mands will be looked into, po­lice said.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, the in­ci­dent took place at around 1.30 AM near Mandi Samiti gate on Ali­ganj road where the girl had gone with her fam­ily to at­tend the wed­ding.

Sonu Jatav, 19, who was given the task of putting up tents for the mar­riage cer­e­mony lured the girl, raped her and sub­se­quently killed her, SP Akhilesh Chaura­sia said. He said the man was in an ine­bri­ated state. “Af­ter this, the ac­cused fled the spot. The body of the girl was found in an un­der-con­struc­tion house in the vicin­ity of the mar­riage venue. A rope was found tied around the neck of the girl,” he said.

The girl was rushed to the district hos­pi­tal where she was de­clared brought dead. The body of the girl has been sent for post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion. “On the ba­sis of com­plaints filed by fam­ily mem­bers, po­lice have ar­rested Sonu Jatav,” he said. “A case has been reg­is­tered against the ac­cused for rape and mur­der of the girl,” the SP said. The POCSO Act, which seeks to pro­tect chil­dren from sex­ual of­fences, has also been in­voked.

He said the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Act will be slapped on the ac­cused.

Slam­ming the rul­ing BJP, Sa­ma­jwadi Party spokesper­son and MLC Su­nil Singh Sa­jan said, “I sim­ply fail to un­der­stand why the law and or­der in the state has de­te­ri­o­rated so much af­ter the BJP has come to power in UP.

“On the one hand, the gov­ern­ment claims that en­coun­ters are go­ing on in the state and on the other the crime ra­tio has surged . ... But go­ing by the sud­den spurt in in­ci­dents, I feel that even mi­nor girls are not safe in the state,” he said. —

Reuters

Peo­ple par­tic­i­pate in a protest against the rapes in Kathua and Un­nao in Am­rit­sar. —

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