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Congress Names 2017 UP Rape Victim’s Mother As Poll Candidate



The Congress has named the mom of 2017 Unnao rape sufferer as its candidate for subsequent month’s meeting election in Uttar Pradesh. The identify of the mom of the 19-year-old sufferer was launched by the social gathering’s common secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra at the moment. Former BJP chief Kuldeep Singh Sengar was convicted and jailed for all times for the woman’s rape.

“Our list sends a new message that if you have been a victim of harassment and torture, the Congress will support you,” mentioned Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who had earlier launched a women-centric “Ladki hoon, lad sakti hoon (I’m a woman and might battle)” marketing campaign in Uttar Pradesh.

Forty per cent of the tickets have been reserved for ladies, Ms Gandhi mentioned.

“Our aim is to strengthen our party and for our candidates to fight on people’s issues. We will not indulge in a negative campaign. Our campaign will be about development and the progress of Dalits and backwards,” she mentioned.

“What I have started in UP, I will continue and I will stay in the state even after the elections. I will strengthen the party further in the state,” she added.

The Congress, which has been decreased to a digital non-player in Uttar Pradesh, has been specializing in gender equality in view of the spiraling crimes towards girls within the state. Some of those circumstances — together with the gangrape of a Dalit girl in Hathras, and the case in Unnao — made headlines and provoked outrage throughout the nation.

The Unnao rape case got here into limelight after the sufferer tried suicide exterior the residence of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. She tried to kill herself after her 55-year-old father was thrashed allegedly by Sengar’s brother. He died the following day, reportedly because of the accidents he had sustained. This incident led to a nationwide uproar with civil our bodies and residents demanding justice for the minor.

In December 2019, Senger was convicted and jailed for all times in a separate case for raping the girl in Unnao in 2017 when she was a minor.

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