Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, whose administration has come under fire over the alleged gangrape of a 19-year-old Dalit woman in Hathras, said Friday that his government is committed to women’s safety and those who even think of harming their self-respect will face total destruction.
“Total destruction of those who even think of harming the self-respect of women in UP is inevitable,” Adityanath said in a tweet in Hindi.
Adityanath’s stern warning comes days after a Dalit woman was allegedly gangraped in Hathras by four upper caste men. She died at Delhi’s Safdarjung hospital on Tuesday morning. Her subsequent cremation in the dead of night at Hathras, allegedly under police pressure, has led to an outrage over the law and order situation in UP.
Such people will get exemplary punishment that would be remembered by future generations, he said. “They will get such a punishment that it will set an example. The UP government is committed to the safety and development of mothers and daughters,” he said, adding that “this is our resolve and promise.”
Earlier in the day,a delegation of Trinamool Congress MPs was stopped from entering Hathras district. The party claimed the MPs — Derek O’Brien, Dr Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Pratima Mondal and Mamata Thakur — had been stopped by the Uttar Pradesh police 1.5 kilometres away from the victim’s village. They were hoping to “express solidarity with the grieving family and convey their condolences”, the party said. Follow Hathras Protests Live Updates
“We are peacefully proceeding to Hathras to meet the family and pay our condolences. We are traveling individually and maintaining all protocols. We are not armed. Why are we stopped? What kind of jungle raj is this that elected MPs are prevented from meeting a grieving family,” asked one of the MPs.
Visuals of the incident show police personnel shoving the MPs who tried to continue their journey on foot.
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The incident comes a day after the UP Police barred Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra from entering Hathras, and later arrested them. Rahul, too, had a scuffle with police on Thursday, and had even fallen to the ground in the melee.
Several Opposition parties have condemned the manner in which the case has been handled. Bhim Army chief Chandrasekhar Azad Friday said his party would hold a protest at 5 pm at India Gate in the national capital to question the Prime Minister’s silence over the case.
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