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 present accused the BJP of utilizing the Dalit neighborhood 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 struggle subsequent yr’s state Assembly elections with BJP as the primary opponent – additionally attacked the social gathering, though not by title.
“During elections, they will go to a Dalit house, get food from outside, eat it and claim we have eaten at a Dalit home. After elections, they will 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 in opposition to the Yogi Adityanath authorities and the state police. “Sita Mai had to give agnipariksha (trial by fire) once. Today, in Uttar Pradesh, not only is there rape, the victim is burnt,” she stated.
“If there is a crime, police should take action immediately. We have taken action in 72 hours. In Uttar Pradesh, not only is there rape, the victim is burnt; no action is taken. What kind of governance is 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 have no words to condemn the barbaric and shameful incident at Hathras involving a young Dalit girl. My deepest condolences to the family. More shameful is the forceful cremation, exposing those who use slogans and lofty promises 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 in opposition to her household’s needs, together with her mother and father and brothers locked of their dwelling.