Rampur molestation: Horrifying video of girls molestation exposes anti-romeo squads’ failure

After coming to power in Uttar Pradesh, the Yogi-Adityanath government had launched ‘anti-romeo’ squads to check eve-teasing in public areas.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 28, 2017 5:29 pm
rampur molestation, molestation, uttar pradesh, yogi adityanath, up, up molestation, molestation video, anti-romeo squads The accused filmed the whole incident using their mobile phones and circulated it over social media in the last 15 days. (Source: ANI)

A horrifying video of two girls being molested by a group of boys in Rampur has exposed the Yogi Adityanath government’s failure to provide safety to women in Uttar Pradesh. In the gruesome video, around 12 to 14 boys can be seen molesting the girls, even as they plead to let them go. Besides manhandling and molesting the girls, the boys were laughing on them. They filmed the entire incident and posted it on social media. The shocking video surfaced days after four women of a family were gangraped near a highway close to Bulandshahr.

So where were the anti-romeo squads when these incidents were happening? Are women safe in UP? Has anything changed for women despite tall promises of women protection by Yogi Adityanath? These are some questions that will make the Yogi government uncomfortable.

Reacting to the molestation, Samajwadi party leader Azaam Khan said, “What is there to be surprised about. There have been so many rapes and murders (in the state) under the new government. After the Bulandshahr incident, everyone should try to keep women of the family indoors. Girls should not go to places, where trouble-makers roam free (jahan besharmi ka nanga naach ho raha ho). He also blamed “Yogiji and the media because of their negligence crime is increasing in UP”.

After coming to power in Uttar Pradesh, the Yogi-Adityanath government had launched ‘anti-romeo’ squads to check eve-teasing in public areas, to ensure the safety of girls in the state. However, more than checking eve teasing, the squad indulged in harrassing young couples, drawing flak from all quarters, with many calling it ‘Taliban-like moral policing’. After criticism, the government renamed the anti-rome squad as Nari Suraksha Bal (Women’s Protection Force). But, incidents like Rampur have once again proved that UP government is working in wrong direction. It’s not the name but the strategy that need to be reworked.

The police meanwhile have lodged an FIR and arrested one of the accused and are trying to locate the two women who were harassed. “They might help us in correct identification of the accused,” said Rampur superintendent of police(SP), Nitin Tada, adding that a female officer headed that team.

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App

  1. w
    why u care?
    May 31, 2017 at 1:34 pm
    The one who written this post should be neutral not representing his support to anyone.its like u have taken money from that Azam Khan and written this post.fool
    1. A
      May 29, 2017 at 4:02 pm
      Yogi ko badnaam karne ke liye aisi ghatnaaye hoti rahengi aur wo bhi proper recording ke saath.AR squad agar incident se pahle action leta to bhi ye yogi ko blame karte ki musalmaano ke naujwano ko preshaan kiya ja raha hai. Aur log hairaan hai ki na to mayawati bhim army kejriwaal rahul laalu aur badi bindi koi in gundo par strict action ki demand nahi kar rahaa hai. Politics to theek hai lekin itni ghatiya politics thhooo
      1. K
        Kishore Babu Tvn
        May 29, 2017 at 2:22 pm
        These culprits are from that particular relgion...they dont have culture or decency ...
        1. V
          May 29, 2017 at 11:54 am
          During Akhilesh regime there were 10000 eve teasing, molestation everyday, only 2/3 cases regd. Post AR Sqad may be 10. The media, SP, Cong against AR Sqad. Islamic Express always anti Hindu. This goondaism at Rampur by Azam Khan Muslim goondas will be punished.
          1. A
            Anil Bharali
            May 29, 2017 at 5:43 am
            It is a most dangerous way the media is projecting the molestation case with politically motivated.The common societal cause must be protected beyond political perception.
            1. M
              Manohar Sharma
              May 29, 2017 at 4:04 am
              It looks to be a game plan to bring bad name to Yogi Govt.
              1. K
                Krish P
                May 29, 2017 at 3:47 am
                In Rampur it is still the rule of Azam Khan. All the criminals in the video belong to his faith. Yogi needs to come down on them with really heavy hand.
                1. J
                  Jay Smith
                  May 29, 2017 at 3:11 am
                  it really hurts Indian Express that we have a Yogi as CM. instead of blaming the perpetrators they blame Police good work Congress fan
                  1. Load More Comments