Voices Thursday, June 05, 2014 - 05:30
Biswajeet Banerjee | The News Minute | May 31, 2014 | 11:32 AM IST When the country is expressing concern over safety of women in Uttar Pradesh following rise in cases of gang rapes, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav finds lands himself in a soup with his insensitive remark to a woman reporter, telling her she shouldn’t be worried as she is safe in UP. When asked by a reporter about the increasing lawlessness in the State, Yadav had said: “You are safe, why are you worried?” Later he clarified he did not mean it. But by then damage has been done. Earlier on Friday, as outrage spread over the horrific gang-rape of two Dalit cousins, minors, in Badaun district in western Uttar Pradesh, authorities sprang into action and sacked two constables in connection with the crime even as police arrested another accused in the case. The action came three days after the minor girls were gang-raped and their bodies were found hanging from a tree. The two girls, who were cousins and aged 14 and 15, went missing from their house on the night of May 27 and their bodies were found hanging from a mango tree in the village in Ushait area the next morning. Not only was the Chief Minister insensitive, even the police made a mockery of gang rape victims. ''Rapes are not new in UP as every day 10 rapes are reported as per the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB),'' Inspector General of Police (crime and STF) Ashish Gupta said. He said that 60 percent of the crimes against women are because they do not have toilets in their homes and they go out to answer nature's call. The comments show the insensitive face of the political leaders. During election campaign Mulayam Singh Yadav had opposed death penalty to rape accused and said: “Boys make such minor mistakes in their lives”. Probably Samajwadi Party leaders are all infected with the foot-in-mouth-syndrome because in its last regime, Akhilesh’s uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav while reacting to Nithari case had claimed “such small incidents happen such a big state of Uttar Pradesh.”
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