NCW summons BJP leader Ranjeet Srivastava over 'offensive' remarks against Hathras victim

The commission asked Srivastava to appear before it at 11 am on 26 October to give an explanation for his comments

Press Trust of India October 07, 2020 16:47:47 IST
NCW summons BJP leader Ranjeet Srivastava over 'offensive' remarks against Hathras victim

File image of BJP leader Ranjeet Srivastava. Image Credits: Facebook/ Ranjeet Bahadur Srivastava

New Delhi: The NCW on Wednesday summoned BJP leader Ranjeet Srivastava for reportedly making offensive remarks against a 19-year-old Dalit girl who died after being raped allegedly by four men in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras.

The National Commission for Women said it has sent a notice to Srivastava, asking him to appear before it on 26 October at 11 am to give an explanation.

NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma said Srivastava is "not fit" to be called the leader of any party.

According to media reports, Srivastava made offensive comments on the victim's character.

The Dalit teen was allegedly raped in a Hathras village by four men on 14 September. After her condition deteriorated, she was referred to Delhi's Safdarjung hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.

She was cremated in the early hours, with her family alleging the local police forced them to conduct the last rites in the dead of the night. Local police officers, however, had said the cremation was carried out "as per the wishes of the family".

The incident led to protests across the country with people from different sectors demanding justice for the victim.

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