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Stop ‘protecting’ accused, give justice to Hathras victim: Rahul Gandhi to U.P. govt

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. File   | Photo Credit: PTI

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday said the Uttar Pradesh government should provide justice to the family of the Hathras victim instead of ‘protecting’ criminals. He accused the Yogi Aditynath government of adopting an “insensitive and unethical attitude”

 

“The government's attitude in the Hathras incident is inhuman and unethical… I want to tell the government through you, please start doing your work. Put the accused and criminals in jail and help the victims. It is not about one girl but the story of lakhs of girls across the country”, he said in a video that is part of the Congress’s ‘Speak Up for Women Safety’ campaign.

 

“Lakhs of women are looking towards the government but the government is not acting. All of us have to put pressure and change the society. What is happening to our Mothers and Sisters is sheer injustice”, he stated.

 

Though initially he didn’t understand why the State government was preventing him from going to Hathras, he understood the motive once he reached the victim’s family, he said.

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“The moment I reached their house, it was clear to me that the U.P. government was trying to attack the family and protect the accused”, he alleged.

Priyanka: victims defamed

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, in a tweet, said crimes against women were rising and instead of listening to the truth and the voice of the women victims, allegations were levelled against them and they were defamed.

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“This is the most shameful and cowardly act. But the country’s women will no longer remain silent. If one sister is victimised, then lakhs of others will raise their voice and stand with them. We will now take responsibility for our own safety. Now, only women will have to take the responsibility of women’s safety,” she said in a Hindi tweet.

 

Through the day, the Congress’s official Twitter handle put out messages from party leaders as part of the online campaign. Apart from senior leaders like Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and Mallikarjun Kharge, several women Congress leaders, including Sushmita Dev, Rajni Patel, Ragini Naik and Supriya Shrinate, also put their videos on women’s safety.

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