Akhilesh Yadav on dharna, Priyanka arrives in Unnao amid outrage over rape victim’s death

Lucknow: Former chief minister and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav today said that before India could get over Hyderabad’s brutal rape-and-murder, the rape victim in Unnao also died. Sitting on dharna outside Vidhan Bhavan, Yadav called it a “black day” and slammed the Yogi Adityanath government over deteriorating law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh.

The Samajwadi Party chief also observed two-minute silence for the rape victim and stated that soon he will be visiting the family of the Unnao rape victim along with senior leaders of the party. The SP party president was accompanied by senior leader Rajendra Chaudhary and UP SP chief Naresh Uttam Patel.

Meanwhile, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi, who is on her way to Unnao, questioned the Uttar Pradesh government as to why the gang rape victim was not given security keeping in mind a similar incident that took place earlier in the same district. She was referring to another such alleged attack in the district in July when the car in which a woman, who had accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar of raping her, was hit by a truck.

The post-mortem of a 23-year-old woman, who was set ablaze by men accused of raping her in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao on Thursday,was conducted on Saturday morning.

The woman had had suffered 90 per cent burns, died of a cardiac arrest at the Safdarjung Hospital at 11:40 pm on Friday night, the same day when the police shot dead the four men accused of the brutal gang rape and murder of a young vet in Hyderabad.

She was brought to Delhi in an air ambulance Thursday evening, after she was waylaid and set ablaze while on her way to Rae Bareli in connection with the rape case. Here are live updates of the Unnao case:

• Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday questioned the Uttar Pradesh government as to why the Unnao gang rape victim was not given security keeping in mind a similar incident that took place earlier in the same district. In a tweet, she said: “Why the victim of Unnao gangrape case was not given security keeping in mind an earlier incident of Unnao? What action has been taken on the police official who refused to register an FIR? What steps are being taken by the government to stop crime against the women, which take place on a daily basis?” She was referring to another such alleged attack in the district in July when the car in which a woman, who had accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar of raping her, was hit by a truck. In another tweet Priyanka Gandhi said: “I pray to God to give courage to the family members of Unnao victim.”

• Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed grief over death of Unnao rape victim and said the case will be taken to a fast-track court. “Extremely saddened to hear of the woman’s death. The case will be heard in a fast-track court and strictest of punishment will be given to the culprits,” he said.

• Dr Sunil Gupta, Medical Superintendent, Safdarjung Hospital, said post-mortem of Unnao rape victim will take place at 10 am on Saturday under the leadership of Dr MK Wahi, head of department of Forensic Unit.

• The brother of the Unnao rape victim on Saturday said his sister will get justice when all those accused of brutalising her will go to the place “where she has gone”. “She asked me that brother please save me. I am very sad that I could not save her,” he told reporters. He said the persons involved in the incident should be killed either by encounter or by hanging, adding that they do not have any right to live. “We will go to Bihar from here. She has already been burnt by the accused persons and now we will bury her,” he said.