As a UPite my chest puffed up with pride when Akhilesh Yadav better known as Tipu in UP circles announced that the accused will have to be caught in 24 hours time. The Samajwadi Party has been playing up the point through the day that cops have cracked the case in twelve hours with 3 arrested. The 3 accused who have been identified have been sent to judicial custody. The entire story has given the opposition in the state a chance to target Akhilesh Yadav. Meanwhile the lackadaisical approach of the cops in the entire episode stands exposed.
Despite repeated attempts to inform the cops, there was no response. This even though the scene of crime was 100 metres from the police station. To add even more salt to injury for me atleast was the report from Lucknow. A video went viral of an SHO who urged a complainant to massage his feet to get a complaint registered.
Not surprisingly the family of the victims of the horrific gangrape from Bulandshahr now say the government should allow victims to shoot the accused in public. The family claims that for a long long time they will not be able to get out of the trauma of the crime.
While talk of stricter punishment has become a repetitive affair, even parents of December 16 gangrape victim, Jyoti Singh; Badrinath and Asha Devi say when their daughter was failed, where is the hope in such cases. They go on to say that the fear of the law does not exist in the mind of the accused.
The family’s car was waylaid on the Delhi-Kanpur highway by a gang, they tied up the male members and raped the mother-daughter duo for three hours, before fleeing with cash and valuables.
The family shockingly alleges that a police drove past the scene of crime but did not intervene.
The crime in Bulandshahr has shocked the country. The UP government suspended seven policemen and set up a 300-member task force.
The family says despite frantic calls to the police there was little or no response.
The family says the girl has high fever and the mother remains in deep mental and physical shock.
A case of gangrape, robbery and dacoity has been registered against unknown persons.
Uttar Pradesh DGP Javeed Ahmad was among those who visited the spot on Sunday along with UP Principal Secretary (Home) Debashish Panda.
The crime adds another shameful chapter to the horrific crime graph in Uttar Pradesh.
Coming months after the Mathura riots the case gives the opposition fresh ammo to target the Akhilesh government.
UP till this day remains a state which ranks worst in India in terms of criminal activity and has consistently been the most unsafe for women.
From the death of Mohammad Akhlaq to the Jagendra Singh murder, from Badaun sisters’ gangrape and murder to the brutal rape and murder of a Class XII student this year in Lucknow, UP regime has had a close shave with the media.
Data released in 2015 by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), crimes against women across India by around 10 percent in 2014.
Six crimes against women are reported every minute in India with lax prosecution and punishment letting the accused to go scot free.
UP earned the dubious distinction in 2013 as well with maximum number of 32,546 cases.
One should not forget Mulayam Singh Yadav’s popular comment of Boys will be boys when asked about rise in crimes against women.
In Dostpur village though people are wondering how inefficient the cops of the state are. A damp portion of a freshly cut millet field, 200 metres off the Delhi-Kanpur National Highway 91 is where a golden necklace and a small soiled dark blue purse is found abandoned. Villagers ask why the cops have not found this yet. They were speaking to the media.
The deserted area which had a half a dozen mediapersons and local residents when the news of the crime broke is the place where the crime took place.
Meanwhile at Barra Mai village in Shahjahanpur district, the relatives of the victims, who had been waiting for them to arrive for a terahvi, are in shock.
The relatives are cursing their fate adding that the six drove down when the rest had arrived by a state roadways bus.
In such crimes highway gangs are rarely local. Such gangs are known as “challemar gang”- those whose signature is the use spare cycle parts to be used as weapons of crime says a report in a website.
The crime scene indicates an imprint of the Bavaria gang, a nomadic criminal tribe that operates in Rajasthan, Western Uttar Pradesh and Bundlekhand region.
The crime comes as a blow to the CM who has been flooding airwaves with advertisements claiming to be a governance superstar.
Meanwhile politics continues. Both the top rivals Mayawati and Sheila Dikshit have demanded the resignation of the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav over the Bulandshahr gang rape.
UPCC chief Raj Babbar said the Bulandshahr incident was yet another blot on UP and sadly showed that there was ‘jungleraaj’ in the state.
Bharatiya Janata Party general secretary Vijay Bahadur Pathak said by merely talking of expressways and better highways, the chief minister was fooling the people.
In a shockingly insensitive comment, Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan on Monday said the brutal gangrape of a mother-daughter duo in Bulandshahr could be a political conspiracy.
Hitting out at the Akhilesh Yadav government, Union Minister Mahesh Sharma said, “When will this end? It shows that the state government has collapsed on every front.”
While UP gears up for polls and Akhilesh Yadav going by his advertising blitzkrieg will like to retain power and get his Umeed Ki Cycle moving ahead, it remains to be seen how this makes or breaks political fortunes in the runup to 2017.