Rahul, Priyanka stopped from continuing on foot to Hathras to fulfill gang-rape sufferer’s household


Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 1

Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday left Delhi to meet the family of Hathras gangrape victim, whose body was allegedly forcibly cremated by the state police on Tuesday night.

Vehicles of Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were stopped in Uttar Pradesh’s Greater Noida on Thursday, party officials said.

Rahul and Priyanka started walking to Hathras after Uttar Pradesh police stopped their vehicles.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Rahul Gandhi on their to Hathras to meet the family of gangrape victim, on Thursday. Credits: Twitter/AICC

The convoy was stopped near Pari Chowk, prompting party workers and senior leaders to proceed on foot, with some functionaries saying they will walk down to Hathras.

“Around the same time last year, we were fighting for the Unnao daughter and the situation in UP has not changed in a year,” Priyanka Gandhi told reporters as she started walking on the expressway.

Rahul Gandhi walks to Hathras after their vehicle was stopped by Uttar Pradesh police. Credits: Twitter/AICC

Vadra, in a tweet, said the family had been detained and was not being allowed to talk to anyone. Posting a video of the victim’s father, Vadra said the family was being forced to fall in line.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra walks to Hathras after their vehicle was stopped by Uttar Pradesh police. Credits: Twitter/AICC

“Will the Uttar Pradesh government intimidate people into silence? The video conference call the father had with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was a farce and meant to simply exert pressure on the family. The victim’s family is not satisfied with the investigations. Injustice is all pervasive,” Vadra said.

Priyanka said her party would continue to fight till women’s safety is ensured in Uttar Pradesh and unless the government was shaken and woken up, it would not do anything on this front.

Rahul Gandhi being stopped by a policeman to walk to Hathras. Credits: Twitter/AICC

Talking to reporters while walking on the Yamuna Expressway towards Hathras, she said Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath would have to take the responsibility for the alleged gangrape of a 19-year-old Dalit woman in the district and strict action should be taken against the perpetrators of the crime.

The victim died in a Delhi hospital on Tuesday.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Rahul Gandhi on their to Hathras to meet the family of gangrape victim, on Thursday. Credits: Twitter/AICC

“The Uttar Pradesh government, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath must take responsibility for women safety in the state and ensure atrocities against them are stopped,” she added.

“Since our cars have been stopped, we will walk down to Hathras as we want to meet the victim’s family. We want to express our condolences to the family,” Priyanka Gandhi said.

“He (Adityanath) would have to do something for women’s safety. We will continue to fight till the time he does something. The women in the entire state will fight as they realise that they are not safe and secure. Everyday such incidents are happening. As many as 11 rape cases are registered in Uttar Pradesh every day,” she said.

“Such cases are rising and the government is not doing anything. Unless we shake the government or wake them up, they will not do anything for women’s safety,” she added.

The Congress general secretary recalled that around the same time last year, her party was protesting for the Unnao rape victim.

Taking on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Uttar Pradesh for “not allowing the family to cremate the victim’s body with honour”, she said: “You claim to be the protectors of the Hindu religion, we are Hindus but where has it been written that you cannot allow a father to lit the pyre of his daughter and not allow the family to cremate the victim? The incident was a big injustice. What the state government did after that was a bigger injustice.”

Rahul Gandhi walks to Hathras after their vehicle was stopped by Uttar Pradesh police. Credits: Twitter/AICC

Rahul and Vadra were accompanied by Congress media head Randeep Surjewala and General Secretary (Organisation) KC Venugopal to Hathras.

Meanwhile, the state police have been deployed along the borders. — With PTI



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