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Dalit girl maimed: Second accused arrested
NEW DELHI, FEB 7 (IANS/AGENCIES):
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Published on 7 Feb. 2011 11:24 PM IST
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The Uttar Pradesh Police on Monday arrested another accused in the Fatehpur Dalit girl assault case. The police had arrested one of the accused in the case on Saturday. However, two other accused are still absconding. The girl’s limbs were chopped off by some men as she bravely resisted their attempts to rape her on Saturday. The victim is in a critical condition and is undergoing treatment in Kanpur. The incident has given the Congress more ammunition against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati. Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi is in a race with the Chief Minister to visit the victim and is expected to meet the girl in the hospital on Monday.
Police claim the ghastly incident was the result of an ongoing feud between the victim’s and assailants’ families. A case has been registered against three people.
“When they started harassing me, I tried to run away, but I could not. They attacked me with axes,” said the victim. “One girl was let off. The other’s limbs were chopped off,” Fatehpur SP said.
The attack comes on the heels of a recent controversy surrounding a BSP MLA from Banda, accused by a Dalit girl of abduction and repeated rape.
Talking to CNN-IBN, the Chairperson of National Commission for Women, Girija Vyas said that she wants rape cases to be fast-tracked in Uttar Pradesh. “We have found that neither the Government, nor the police is sensitive because after so many rape cases nobody seem to know their responsibility,” she said.
The BJP also condemned the incident on Monday. BJP spokesperson Nirmala Seetharaman said, “The law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh is completely deteriorated. Dalit girls in their own houses are not safe when a Dalit lady is the Chief Minister.”
Uttar Pradesh will go to elections in 2012 and during her campaign in 2007 Mayawati had targeted the then Mulayam Singh Yadav government on the issue of ‘goondaraj’ (lawlessness). Since coming to power Mayawati has been working one the twin issues of social justice and better law and order. She is keen not to let law and order deteriorate. BSP leaders have been allegedly involved in rape and murder cases.
Although she has allowed the police to act against the accused but she is yet to take any political action against such leaders. She has till now not expelled any of the accused leader from her party.
Figures from the national Crime Records Bureau for 2009 show that Uttar Pradesh has had a serious law and order problem. The state ranks third after Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal with 23,254 cases of crime reported in 2009.
Uttar Pradesh reported the highest percentage of violent crime in 2009, at 11.9 percent. 22.9 percent of all sexual harassment cases have been reported from Uttar Pradesh. There was a five percent increase in crime against Dalits in 2007-2008.
Girls unsafe in UP
The National Commission for Women (NCW) Monday formed a committee to investigate the shocking case of a Dalit minor who was brutally attacked for resisting rape in Uttar Pradesh, a state where, activists say, the situation for women, ruled by a woman chief minister, is going from bad to worse.
NCW chairperson Girija Vyas said: “Crime against women in UP are committed again and again. I had visited Kanpur and Lucknow just recently and had meetings with different people and government officials and they assured that such incidents will not happen again, but it has.”
“We have taken suo motu cognisance of the matter and are forming a committee for a detailed investigation,” Vyas said. “I have also written to chief minister Mayawati that she herself should do something for the Dalit girl. But I have found that the government and police is not sensitive because even after so many rape cases, nobody feels their responsibility and nothing concrete has been done,” she added.
Ranjana Kumari, chairperson of the Centre for Social Research, said: “Girls are not safe in Uttar Pradesh. Just a week back, we came to know that a 17-year-old Dalit girl was gangraped and murdered on the outskirts of Lucknow and now there is this case of another Dalit teenager attacked for resisting rape”.
“I can’t understand how Chief Minister Mayawati is keeping quiet on the whole matter? She is a Dalit leader herself and supposed to be the messiah of the community. We demand that an enquiry be done on the matter and the guilty punished immediately,” she added.

 
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