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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Updated Date: Dec 07, 2019 19:37:53 IST