The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) strongly condemns the attempts to silence the Unnao rape survivor, her lawyer and her family on July 28. The truck which rammed into their car was over-speeding on the wrong side of the road and its number plate was covered with grease.The girl and her family were on their way to the Rai Bareilly jail to meet her uncle. Her security cover was not present with her when the accident occurred. It is shocking that the police who have been posted to protect her informed the imprisoned BJP MLA KuldeepSengar of her travel plans as alleged in the FIR. The accused has been giving them death threats through phone calls from the jail if they did not withdraw the case. It is deeply disturbing that the BJP-RSS combine is flagrantly using their power to even go to the extent of committing murder to silence their opponents. Two aunts of the girl died.AIDWA leaders from Uttar Pradesh met the victim and her lawyer who are in a critical condition and undergoing treatment in a hospital in Lucknow.
The recent events in the Unnao rape case clearlydemonstrate the brazen exercise of muscle and money power to cover up misdeeds by high-ups under the BJP-RSS regime in Uttar Pradesh. Inspite of the fact that the case was entrusted to the CBI a few months after the incident in 2017 and CBI submitting three charge sheets against BJP MLA KuldeepSengar and his henchmen who are accused in the case, it has not come up for trial as yet. In the meantime, the girl’s father died in custody and her uncle is still in jail in allegedly false cases lodged against them to frighten the family into submission.
Under the circumstances, the involvement in the accused MLA Sengar who is now in jail but wields great power even from prison is strongly suspected and an FIR has been lodged against him and ten others for murder, attempted murder and criminal conspiracy. The BJP has not yet taken any action against their rape accused MLA nor expel him from the party.The RSS-BJP regime in Uttar Pradesh and the country have been flouting all democratic norms and intimidating and terrorising all opponents in blatant attempts to force them into submission.
We hope for an early recovery of this brave survivor who has refused to bow down to terror and of her lawyer and demand that – 1) Best available treatment be given to the critically injured girl and her lawyer with the state government bearing the entire expenses; 2) Protection to the girl, her lawyer and family be given immediately; 3) Action be taken against the police personnel responsible for her safety; 4) Immediate inquiry into the phone facilities provided to the jailed accused MLA Sengar and action against the concerned jail authorities for dereliction of duty; 5) Trial be started immediately in afast track court in a time-bound manner; 6) She and her family be given adequate compensation for torture and harassment; 7) Sengar be immediately removed from the post of MLA.
We call upon all people to express outrage publicly in every forum and insist upon speedy and exemplary punishment for such terror mongers.
AIDWA units will hold protests all over the country and our struggle will continue until justice is obtained against this criminal who has abused his position of power so blatantly.