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Unnao rape: NHRC notice to U.P. govt.

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Over alleged harassment of victim

The National Human Rights Commission issued notice to the Uttar Pradesh government over the alleged harassment of the Unnao gangrape victim by State authorities, an NHRC statement said on Friday.

Taking suo motu cognisance of a media report about the victim accusing the government of harassing and threatening her, the NHRC sought reports from the State Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police within four weeks.

The victim had accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar and others of gangrape in 2017.

According to a media report, the NHRC said, the victim and her family were being pressured to withdraw the case against Kuldeep Sengar.

“The Commission has observed that the contents of the media report, if true, amount to serious issue of violation of the right to live with dignity of the victim and her family members. It is the responsibility of the State to ensure safe and secure environment for the victim of the sexual assault, her family members as well as the witnesses of the criminal act,” the NHRC statement read.

‘Directions ignored’

Indicting the State government, the NHRC observed that it seemed earlier directions given on April 10 “were ignored, otherwise the reports of harassment of the victim would have not come to the fore”.

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