Hitting out on the Uttar Pradesh authorities for its dealing with of the alleged rape and homicide of a 20-year-old girl from Hathras and for “forceful cremation” of her physique with out her household’s consent, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at this time accused the BJP of utilizing the Dalit group for votes after which torturing them.
Hours after tweeting in regards to the “barbaric and shameful incident” that has triggered outrage throughout the nation, Ms Banerjee – getting ready to combat subsequent yr’s state Meeting elections with BJP as the primary opponent – additionally attacked the occasion, though not by title.
“Throughout elections, they are going to go to a Dalit home, get meals from outdoors, eat it and declare now we have eaten at a Dalit dwelling. After elections, they are going to torture Dalits, thrash them,” she stated at a public occasion at Jalpaiguri in north Bengal.
Ms Banerjee even invoked Goddess Sita, the spouse of Lord Ram, in her outburst towards the Yogi Adityanath authorities and the state police. “Sita Mai needed to give agnipariksha (trial by fireplace) as soon as. At present, in Uttar Pradesh, not solely is there rape, the sufferer is burnt,” she stated.
“If there’s a crime, police ought to take motion instantly. Now we have taken motion in 72 hours. In Uttar Pradesh, not solely is there rape, the sufferer is burnt; no motion is taken. What sort of governance is that this?” Ms Banerjee questioned, alleging that some leaders reportedly even stated the sufferer and her mom ought to have been burnt on the identical pyre.
Earlier within the day, Ms Banerjee had tweeted saying, “I’ve no phrases to sentence the barbaric and shameful incident at Hathras involving a younger Dalit lady. My deepest condolences to the household. Extra shameful is the forceful cremation, exposing those that use slogans and lofty guarantees for votes.”
A 20-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly raped by 4 males – all of whom are from a so-called higher caste – in Hathras on September 14. She was referred to the Safdarjung hospital in Delhi with spinal twine accidents, paralysis and cuts in her tongue. She died on Tuesday.
The Uttar Pradesh Police has confronted spiraling criticism for over alleged delays in submitting a rape case, arresting the accused and cremating the Hathras girl close to her village in the dark towards her household’s needs, along with her mother and father and brothers locked of their dwelling.