Two girls, cousins and minors, from the Dalit Maurya community were kidnapped, gangraped and hanged from a tree in Katra Sadatganj on Tuesday night. The incident triggered a massive outrage with even United Nations condemening it and calling for immediate action against the perpetrators.
The incident as it unfolded
# Two girls, cousins and minors, from the Dalit Maurya community, go missing from Katra Sadatganj village in UP’s Badaun district.
# Family members of the girls go to file a missing report but police allegedly refuses to file a complaint.
# The police tell family that the girls’ bodies have been found hanging from the mango tree.
# Villagers gather at the spot and allege that the girls were first gangraped and then hanged from the tree. The also allege involvement of one police constables and four others in the incident.
# Angry over police apathy in registering the FIR, the villagers protest by blocking traffic with dead bodies on Ushait-Lilawan Road and also demand suspension of all the policemen posted in Ushait Police station. They demand a visit by the state Chief Minister
Akhilesh Yadav to the village in this connection.
# An FIR is registered against seven persons including constables Sarvesh Yadav and Rakshapal Yadav.
# The National Commission of Women (NCW) takes suo moto cognisance of the incident, describing the case as “gruesome”.
# The postmortem report of the two girls confirms that they were raped before the murder.
# Katra outpost incharge Ram Vilas Yadav, constables Sarvesh Yadav and Chhatrapal Yadav are suspended.
# Two persons, including a policeman, are arrested. One of the accused Pappu Yadav has been arrested, while two other accused Brijesh and Awadhesh have been identified and other two are still at large.
# One more accused is arrested in the shocking gangrape case, taking the total number of arrests in the case to three.
# Outrage spreads over the horrific gangrape as people take to streets protesting inaction by the Akhilesh Yadav government.
# Authorities sack two constables in connection with the crime.
# UP govt informs Home Ministry that action has been taken and the guilty will be punished in the Dalit sisters’ gangrape and murder case in Badaun.
# BSP supremo Mayawati demands a CBI probe into the case. She also demands President’s Rule in Uttar Pradesh.
# Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav terms the gangrape and murder of two Dalit sisters in Badaun as “unfortunate”, as he orders the police to
arrest all the accused immediately. He also says a fast-track court should be constituted to ensure that they were duly punished.
# The chief minister also sanctions financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of the victims.
# Uttar Pradesh government sends a report to the Home Ministry, saying that some arrests have been made and all the guilty in the case will be punished.
# Meanwhile, BJP’s women workers protest at the Akhilesh’s office and give an ultimatum to the government that if incidents of atrocities against women were not checked then they would gherao the Chief Minister’s office again on June 2.
# Union Women and Child Welfare Minister Maneka Gandhi blames police laxity for the horrific gangrape and says a “rape crisis cell” will be constituted for speedy action on such incidents. Maneka also assures that if the family members of the two girls want, she would recommend a CBI probe into the incident.
# The family of murdered girls demands a CBI probe, saying they had no faith in local police which was “hand in gloves” with the accused.
# A team of National Commission for Women (NCW) visits the village and holds the local police responsible for the incident.
# All the five main accused, including two policemen, are arrested in connection with the gangrape and murder of two Dalit sisters. Constable Chhatrapal Yadav is arrested late night and Urvesh Yadav in detained in the wee hours.
# Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi meets the family of the victims and demands a CBI probe into the case, saying UP police cannot give them justice and the culprits should know that they cannot get away with such a heinous crime.
# Under attack from opposition parties, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav recommends a CBI probe into the case.
# Union Minister Smriti Irani terms as “outrageous” Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s remarks on the Badaun gangrape case. and says the whole nation shared her anguish.
# All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) demands that the policemen allegedly involved in the case be named as accused and not as “abetters” in the FIR.
# BSP chief Mayawati joins the politicians who made a beeline to the village and met the family members of the two Dalit girls who were gangraped and murdered. She alleges it was perpetrating “jungle raj” in Akhilesh’s UP. Mayawati also announces Rs 5 lakh each to the victims’ kin from the party fund, claiming that though they have refused the government compensation, they would accept her assistance.
# Meanwhile, a local SP MP Dharmendra Yadav also reached Katra village where he faces the anger of the inconsolable parents.
# Two of the arrested men confess to the crime even as police claim to be in the process of collecting “concrete” evidence to nail the culprits in court.
# The United Nations condemns the “brutal” gang rape and murder of two teenaged girls, calling for immediate action against the perpetrators and to address violence against women and girls across India.
# Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan meets the family members of the murdered girls in Badaun and assures them that he would take up their demands with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and raise them in the Union Cabinet.
# The protesters in Lucknow demonstrate outside the office of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav,against increasing crime graph against women and girls in the state. Police use water cannons to disperse women protesters.
# Home Ministry asks UP government why SC/ST Act was not slapped against culprits in the Badaun gangrape-cum-murder
(With PTI inputs)