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Unnao rape case Latest Updates: Uttar Pradesh govt announces Rs 25 lakh financial assistance, house for victim's family

Unnao rape case Latest Updates: The Uttar Pradesh government announced an ex gratia of Rs 25 lakh and a house for the family of Unnao rape victim. The government also assure that the trial will take place in a fast-track court.

FP Staff December 07, 2019 18:33:28 IST
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Unnao rape case Latest Updates: Uttar Pradesh govt announces Rs 25 lakh financial assistance, house for victim's family

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16:19 (ist)

'Justice should never take the form of revenge,' says CJI SA Bobde

Amid demands that the accused in the Unnao rape and murder case too should be 'shot dead' as in the Hyderabad rape and murder case, CJI SA Bobde said that justice is never ought to be 'instant' and should never take the form of 'revenge'.

Speaking at an event in Rajasthan, CJI Bobde said, "Justice is never ought to be instant. Justice must never ever take the form of revenge. I believe justice loses its character when it becomes revenge. There is a need in the judiciary to invoke self-correcting measures but whether or not they should be publicised is a matter of debate," he said.

Though CJI Bobde was not referring to the demands for instant death to accused in the Unnao rape and murder case, his remarks assume significance after the father of the rape victim demanded that the accused in the case be 'shot dead or hanged to death'.

 
15:58 (ist)

Mayawati urges SC to take cognisance of rising incidents of crime against women, says 'not a day when rape doesn't take place'

BSP chief Mayawati on Saturday urged the Supreme Court to take suo moto cognisance of the growing incidents of crime against women and direct the Centre to take prompt steps for effectively checking them.

"If the Supreme Court takes note of the growing cases of crime against women on its own and direct the Centre to take action, I think then it (Centre) would come into action mode," the BSP chief said.

"Parliament is in session and the Central government need to take cognizance of these cases and frame strict law for controlling it, but the Centre does not seem to be in action mode. My party wants the Supreme Court to take it seriously. First Hyderabad and now in Unnao, such cases have been taking place continuously," she said.

Launching a scathing attack on the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh, she said incidents of rape, murder and molestation are taking place all over the country, but in UP, such cases have been "excessive".

"It is a matter of deep regret that during the past some years, especially since the BJP government has come to power, women are not safe. This is not the only incident, in UP I said it yesterday also that there is not a day when there is not an incident of rape and murder, attempt to rape or molestation," Mayawati said at a press conference here.


The BSP president asked the UP government to ensure "proper justice" to the family of Unnao rape victim.

— PTI

12:29 (ist)

‘Save me, I want to stay alive’, Unnao rape victim told doctors in Delhi 

“Will I make it out alive? Please save me.” These were the words uttered by the 23-year-old woman who was set ablaze in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, at Safdarjung Hopsital on Thursday night, a day before she succumbed to burn injuries.

Medical Superintendent of the hospital Dr. Sunil Gupta said: “She was conscious when she was brought here last night at 8 p.m. and was speaking, though very feebly. She told us repeatedly not to let the accused go free. She asked the doctors if she will make it out alive. She told them, “Save me, I want to live.” 

The woman was set afire while on her way to testify against the two men who had allegedly raped her. The two and three others were involved in the attack. One of the two men accused of raping her last year was granted bail 10 days back. The other man had been on the run.

The woman had shown extreme courage as after she was set afire, she ran on foot towards the nearest population and walked for 1 kilometre before she could find help. The sight of the rape victim set afire and running for help early Thursday sent shivers down the spine of local people.  Ravindra, who sitting by the roadside then, told reporters that he was so frightened that he actually went to pick up his stick. “It was only when she came nearer that I found she was severely burnt,” he said. She had been calling out for help, he added.​ Ravindra said he called police and the woman herself talked on them on the phone.

 

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Dec 07, 2019 - 19:29 (IST)

Ravi Shankar Prasad appeals to CMs, high courts to complete investigation in rape cases involving minors within 2 months

Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that he would write to all chief ministers of state anc chief justices of high courts to ensure investigation in rape cases involving minors complete within two months.

Speaking to ANI, Prasad said, "I am going to write to chief ministers of all states and chief justices of high courts to appeal that investigation in rape cases involving minors should complete within 2 months. I have issued necessary directions to my department as well."

He also said that the Central and state governments have proposed for the constitution of 1023 new fast track courts across the country.

"Out of these 1023, a consensus has been reached on 400 and more than 160 have already become operational. Also, 704 fast track courts were already operational," Prasad said.

Dec 07, 2019 - 19:26 (IST)

Yogi Adityanath govt responsible for death of Unnao rape victim, says Brinda Karat

Senior CPI-M leader Brinda Karat on Saturday lashed out at the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh over the death of Unnao rape victim.

"The Uttar Pradesh government should be held responsible for the incident. They are answerable for this grave crime. Where were the Uttar Pradesh government and the police when the victim wanted to file an FIR against the accused," asked Karat.

Karat said: "The victim's sister was telling me that the police didn't file a case against the accused because they were from a rich family and the victim belonged to a poor family. Our system is so rotten that nobody stood with the victim."

— ANI

Dec 07, 2019 - 19:09 (IST)

No punishment can be stricter than death for rapists, says Smriti Irani

Union minister Smriti Irani on Saturday said no punishment can be stricter than the death penalty for rapists even as she appealed to parents to teach their children to respect women.


She also said parents should be mindful of the portrayal of women before their children.


"There are talks for enacting a provision of stricter punishment for rapists. The government has already come out with the provision of the death penalty. Nothing can be more severe than handing capital punishment (for rapists)," she said.

— PTI

Dec 07, 2019 - 19:06 (IST)

Accused in rape cases shouldn't get bail, says Hyderabad veterinarian's sister

Those accused of rape should not get bail, said the sister of the Telangana woman veterinarian, who was raped and killed by four accused last week.

Speaking about the rape case in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, she said, "There has to be a full stop to such incidents. Justice should be delivered at the earliest, it shouldn't take years and the victim is killed in the meantime. Laws should be amended so that accused don't get bail in such cases."

The Unnao rape victim died on Friday night at a Delhi hospital.

Dec 07, 2019 - 18:51 (IST)

NCP demands speedy trial of Unnao accused, change in law

The NCP on Saturday demanded a trial in a fast-track court of the accused in the Unnao rape case after the victim woman, who was set ablaze on Thursday, died at a Delhi hospital.

NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik also asked if the accused were being shielded by the government machinery. "We want the accused to be arrested at the earliest and punished through trial in a fast-track court," Malik told reporters in Mumbai.

— PTI

Dec 07, 2019 - 18:39 (IST)

Unnao rape victim died of extensive burn injuries: Postmortem report

The postmortem of the Unnao rape victim showed that she died of extensive burn injuries, a senior doctor at the Safdarjung hospital told PTI. 

The doctor said,"According to the postmortem report the victim died of extensive burn injuries."   "There was no indication of the presence of any foreign body, poisoning or suffocation on the body of the woman during postmortem conducted this morning,"  he added. 

Dec 07, 2019 - 18:31 (IST)

UP govt announces Rs 25L compensation for victim's family

The Uttar Pradesh government announced Rs 25 lakh financial aid for the Unnao victim's family and also a house under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojna.

Dec 07, 2019 - 18:22 (IST)

Delhi Police use water cannons on protesters

According to ANI, police resorted to the use of water canons to disperse protesters in Delhi, who were holding a candle march to demand justice for the Unnao rape victim. The 23-year old victim died of burn injuries on Friday after fie people, including the rape accused, set her ablaze. 

Dec 07, 2019 - 18:19 (IST)

President's Rule must be imposed in UP, says SP's Ram Gopal Yadav

On being asked about crimes against women in Uttar Pradesh, SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav told ANI: "Section 356 has been framed in Constitution, so that in case a state govt doesn't function as per the Constitution, then the government must be dissolved and President's Rule should be imposed in the state."

Dec 07, 2019 - 18:14 (IST)

Protesters hold candle march in Delhi, demand for justice

A candle march is underway in Delhi to protest against the brutal attack on the Unnao rape victim who died of burn injuries on Friday night. The protesters are marching from Raj Ghat to India Gate and demanding for justice, reports ANI.

The protesters also tried to jump barricades put up by the police. 

Unnao rape case Latest Updates:  Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that he would write to all chief ministers of state and chief justices of high courts to ensure investigation in rape cases involving minors complete within two months.

He also said that the Central and state governments have proposed for the constitution of 1023 new fast track courts across the country of which 160 are already operational.

The Uttar Pradesh government announced an ex gratia of Rs 25 lakh and a house for the family of Unnao rape victim. The government also assured that the trial will take place in a fast-track court.

According to ANI, police resorted to the use of water cannons to disperse protesters in Delhi, who were holding a candle march to demand justice for the Unnao rape victim. The 23-year old victim died of burn injuries on Friday after fie people, including the rape accused, set her ablaze.

BJP leaders Swami Prasad Maurya and Kamal Rani Varun, as well as local MP Sakshi Maharaj, were heckled by protesters in Unnao during their visit to the rape victim's village. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath had rushed the BJP leaders to meet the victim's family following her death on Friday at a Delhi hospital.

ANI said that several of the protesters, who were members of the NSUI, the student wing of the Congress party, were detained by the police.

​Earlier on Saturday, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi had alleged that the attackers in the case are connected with the BJP. She had also accused the Uttar Pradesh government of protecting them.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday condoled the death of the Unnao rape victim who was set ablaze and said another daughter has lost her life while awaiting justice.

"The saddening and heart-wrenching death of the innocent daughter of Unnao, that has shamed humanity, has left me angered and stunned. Another daughter has lost her life while awaiting justice and security," Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi.

BSP chief Mayawati on Saturday urged the Supreme Court to take suo moto cognisance of the growing incidents of crime against women and direct the Centre to take prompt steps for effectively checking them.

"If the Supreme Court takes note of the growing cases of crime against women on its own and direct the Centre to take action, I think then it (Centre) would come into action mode," the BSP chief said.

Congress leader​ Rahul Gandhi on Saturday condemned the BJP-led government at the Centre for the alleged rise in violence across the country, particularly against women. "You have seen the increase in violence across the country. Lawlessness, atrocities against women. Every day we read about a girl getting raped and molested." he said. Violence against minority communities and Dalits is also increasing, Gandhi alleged while speaking at Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) convention in Wayanad.

"The reason for the increasing lawlessness is the breakdown of the institutional structures. It is because the man who is running the country believes in violence and indiscriminate use of power," Gandhi alleged.

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati arrives at Raj Bhavan in Lucknow to meet Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel over rising cases of crimes against women in the state. According to reports Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath rushes two ministers to Unnao after Opposition government leaders slam the BJP-led state government of not doing enough for law and order situation in the state.

Priyanka Gandhi, who reached Unnao to meet the family of the victims, alleged that the accused in case — all four of them upper caste Brahmins — had links within the ruling BJP, which insulated them from police action. "Victim's whole family has been constantly harassed since last year. I have heard that the culprits have some BJP connection. That is why they were being shielded. There is no fear among criminals in the state,"

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday questioned the Uttar Pradesh government as to why the Unnao gangrape victim was not given security keeping in mind a similar incident that took place earlier in the same district.

There is deep sorrow and acute anger in the native village of the Unnao rape victim in Bihar police station area here since the time the locals received news of her death in a Delhi hospital. Sitting on the doorstep of their house, the victim's father was categorical in saying that he demands justice on the lines the Hyderabad case.

Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav along with his party colleagues sat on a protest outside the Vidhan Sabha Bhawan in Uttar Pradesh against the inaction in Unnao rape case.

The Unnao gang-rape survivor who was set ablaze by five people on Thursday, died at the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi following a cardiac arrest on Friday night, hospital sources said.

"Despite our best efforts, she did not survive. Her condition deteriorated towards the evening. She had a cardiac arrest around 11.10 pm. We tried to resuscitate her, but she passed away around 11.40 pm," said Dr Shalab Kumar, Head of Burn and Plastic Surgery at the hospital.

She died on a day when all the four accused in the gang-rape and murder case of a veterinary doctor in Hyderabad were killed in an 'encounter' with the Telangana police, triggering a flood of reactions across the spectrum – ranging from appreciation to condemnation.

The Unnao rape victim was set on fire by five men, including her two alleged rapists on Thursday morning when she was going to Rae Bareli to attend a court hearing in the rape case filed by her.

She had suffered more than 90 percent burns and was airlifted to Delhi after being shifted from a local hospital to Lucknow. The Delhi Traffic Police had provided a "green corridor" for hindrance-free movement of the ambulance carrying her from the airport to the hospital.

Earlier on Friday, Dr Kumar had described her condition "extremely critical". She was put on ventilator and her vitals were very low, he had said.

One of the two men accused of raping her in 2018 was granted bail 10 days back. The other man had been on the run. All the five men involved in the Thursday morning attack were arrested within hours of the crime.

In a tweet, the Uttar Pradesh police had said the victim had lodged an FIR alleging that she had been raped between 19 January and 12 December, 2018, by one of the accused on the pretext that he would marry her.

The accused was arrested then and got out on bail on 25 November, 2019, police said. They had added that the probe into the incident is being conducted in a scientific manner and the circumstantial evidence collected.

In a chilling recap, the woman had said in her statement to Sub Divisional Magistrate Dayashankar Pathak that she was attacked when she reached Gaura turn near her home.

Harishankar Trivedi, Ram Kishore Trivedi, Umesh Bajpai, Shivam Trivedi and Shubham Trivedi set her afire, she had said.

She alleged that Shivam and Shubham Trivedi had abducted and raped her in December, 2018. The FIR, however, was registered in March, 2019.

The sight of the woman running for help down an Unnao road sent shivers down the spine of local people. Ravindra, a local resident sitting by the roadside, said he called the police and the woman herself talked to them on phone.

Unnao has been in the spotlight after another young woman had accused former BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar of raping her in 2017, when she was 17 years old.

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