The slugfest intensified across the country after the family of the 19-year old gang-rape victim of Hathras alleged that they had been forced by the UP police to perform her last rites in the stealth of the night.
Reacting to the barbaric Hathras gang-rape incident in Uttar Pradesh, the Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday warned that his government would not tolerate such incidents in the state and those who are indulging in crimes against women would be dealt with firmly.
Inaugurating the newly set up Mira-Bhayandar-Vasai-Virar police commissionerate, Thackeray said that the Hathras-like incidents will never be tolerated in Maharashtra. For that matter, any kind of crime against women, including harassment and eve-teasing, would be dealt with severely, he insisted.
The chief minister’s remarks come after a 19-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly gang-raped by four men in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras on September 14. She died at a hospital in New Delhi on Tuesday. The accused were arrested. There should be fear of police and people should feel safe, he said. The incident has sparked outrage across the country. Questions have been pouring in as to why the victim’s body was cremated by the Uttar Pradesh Police without the family’s consent at 3am on Wednesday. Although Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath spoke to the victim’s family and assured them of stringent action against the accused, members of opposition parties have blamed the state government for its failure to control crime.
Meanwhile, the Congress leaders Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, who embarked their journey on foot to meet the victim’s family after UP Police stopped them at Yamuna Expressway due to Section-144, have been detained.
On the other hand, the Sena spokesman Sanjay Raut has condemned the administration for hurriedly cremating the Hathras gang-rape victim at mid-night and demanded that the chief minister Yogi Adityanath must resign. He said that the government has no right to say ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ after such heinous crime in UP. He has also lodged an objection to the treatment of Rahul Gandhi who wanted to meet the family of the victim.
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