MHA asks UP why SCs-STs Act not slapped against Badaun accused
The Union Home Ministry, in a strong note to the Uttar Pradesh government, has expressed it’s ‘shock’ for not slapping ‘stringent clauses’ of Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act against all the Badaun rape and murder accused.
On Monday, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju wrote a letter to the state government in this regard and stressed for slapping the special law meant to shield the dignity of SCs and STs. On May 27, two teenage girls, who were cousins, went missing and the next day their bodies were found hanging with a mango tree in a village in Ushait area in Badaun.
All the five accused including three brothers Pappu Yadav, Awadhesh Yadav and Urvesh Yadav apart from police constables Chhatrapal Yadav and Sarvesh Yadav, have been arrested.
Speaking to the reporters, Rijiju said, ‘There is a special law to protect the SCs and STs from any kind of atrocities. Going with the ground realties and evidences, it is now a clear case of atrocity on a weaker section of the society. It is hard to believe and I am surprise that why the state government has not slapped clauses against the accused.’
While confirming that he has written a letter to the Uttar Pradesh government, asking for an explanation, the minister said, ‘The way they were tortured, raped and murdered is highly commendable. It’s brutal and heinous in nature and all the accused should face strict punishment and there should not be any lapses in dealing with the case.’
Meanwhile, in Lucknow, hundreds of BJP’s women activists took the street in protest against the incident and tried to gherao the Uttar Pradesh chief minister’s office. The protestors were heard raising slogans against the deteriorating law and order situation in UP and demanded stern action against the criminals responsible for the crime.
In the morning they assembled led by party state unit president Laxmikant Bajpai in front of the state BJP office and began a march towards the CM’s office at Lal Bahadur Shastri Bhawan. Midway they were intercepted by a large contingent of police force, which prompted the protestors to scuffle with the cops. Police also had to use water cannons to disperse the protesters. Later, a 12-member delegation, including women wing’s state president Kamlawati Singh and six women MPs met the state Principal Secretary (Home) and submitted a memorandum.