Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday said his government was committed to the safety, security and development of women in the state and assured that exemplary punishment will be given to those who even think of disrespecting women in an indirect reference to the Hathras gangrape.
The chief minister’s tweet came amid nationwide outrage against the lawlessness in Uttar Pradesh after back-to-back incidents of rapes were reported in Hathras and Balrampur districts. Opposition parties and activists demanded action against the Uttar Pradesh Police, some even demanded that the chief minister should resign.
The demand for Yogi Adityanath’s resignation became louder after Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were arrested on their way to Hathras on Thursday and a Trinamool Congress delegation was manhandled by UP Police on Friday.
Further, reports said UP Police was not letting in media or allowing the victim’s family to meet the reporters. When asked about the ban on media in Hathras, district ASP Prakash Kumar stuck to his guns that no one was being allowed in because the Special Investigation Team probe was still underway and they didn’t want the probe to be affected. Some reports said the UP government is likely to act against the district administration officials and including the District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police.
Slamming the Yogi government, BSP chief Mayawati on Thursday demanded Adityanath’s resignation. Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad demanded answers from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said he demanded President’s Rule in the state because he didn’t expect justice in Uttar Pradesh, alleging the failure of constitutional machinery in the state.
Upon reports that the family members of the victim aren’t being allowed to meet media stationed near the village, Rahul Gandhi tweeted that the UP government has become inhuman and hasn’t allowed the family to meet media or political leaders. He said no Indian will support such draconian measures.