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Gang rape-murder of Dalit sisters: UP sacks 2 cops; Centre to set up rape crisis cell

Union Minister for Women and Child Welfare Maneka Gandhi says cell will ensure speedy justice

Badaun/New Delhi: Amidst outrage over the gang rape of two Dalit sisters in Badaun, two constables were yesterday sacked and another accused arrested as the UP government promised to set up a fast track court to punish the culprits.

Girls take part in a protest against the brutal gang rape and murder case, in Lucknow on Thursday. Pic/PTI
Girls take part in a protest against the brutal gang rape and murder case, in Lucknow on Thursday. Pic/PTI

Even as the case grabbed headlines, another teenage Dalit girl was allegedly gang-raped by four persons in Azamgarh (see box below). In Delhi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh was briefed by officials on the outrageous incident that took place on Tuesday when the two cousins, aged 14 and 15, were gang-raped and their bodies hung from a mango tree in Ushait area in Badaun district.

Singh was informed that the UP government has sent a report to the Home Ministry, saying some persons involved in the crime have been arrested and all guilty will be punished. SP Atul Kumar Saxena said the services of two constables, Chhatrapal Yadav and Sarvesh Yadav have been terminated; they were booked for criminal conspiracy for refusing to help in the search for the missing girls.

“One more accused Awadhesh Yadav has been arrested by the police,” he said. Of the seven wanted in the case, four are still at large. Three brothers and two others have been booked for murder and rape. BSP supremo asks for President’s rule in UP Charging that there has been a spurt in crime cases in Uttar Pradesh after the Lok Sabha polls, BSP supremo Mayawati demanded a CBI probe into the gang rape and murder case.

Mayawati also demanded that President’s Rule should be imposed in the state. Her remarks came after the family of girls demanded a CBI probe, saying they had no faith in local police which was “hand-in-gloves” with the accused. The father of the one of the victims called for transferring the case to the agency, saying cops at Katra Sadatganj “gave full chance to the accused to commit the crime”.

Meanwhile, Union Women and Child Welfare Minister Maneka Gandhi said that a “rape crisis cell” will be constituted for speedy action on such incidents. “Police laxity is equally responsible for the incident. All policemen involved in the incident should be terminated,” Maneka said. “If the girls’ family members want a CBI probe, I will recommend it,” she added.

Hope you didn’t face any danger: CM
“I hope you have not faced any danger,” shot back Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav yesterday when asked about the law and order situation in the state in the backdrop of the Badaun rape and murder case and the Azamgarh gang rape incident.

The CM was in Kanpur when a reporter asked for his view was on the law and order situation in UP in the wake of the incidents, he retorted, “I hope you have not faced any danger!” When the journalist said, “No”, the Chief Minister said, “Thank you. You should propagate this.” Yadav had earlier sanctioned financial assistance of R5 lakh each to the families of the victims.

Another gang rape in UP
A teenaged dalit girl was allegedly gang-raped by four people in Saraimeer area of Azamgarh district, on Thursday night. Four men allegedly caught the 17-year-old girl and gang-raped her in a nearby field, police said, adding that the four accused fled the spot after the crime.

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