UP govt announces Rs 25 lakh compensation
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday termed the death of Unnao gang-rape victim as “extremely sad” and conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family.
“All the accused have been arrested. The case will be tried in a fast-track court and stringent punishment will be given,” Yogi said in a statement issued in Lucknow on Saturday morning.
The 23-year-old gang-rape victim, who was airlifted to Delhi and admitted to Safdarjung Hospital with 90 per cent burns after being set afire by the accused, died following a cardiac arrest at 11:40 pm on Friday.
Sources said the Uttar Pradesh government announced a compensation of Rs 25 lakh for the family of the Unnao rape victim and assured the family of a house under Prime Minister Housing Scheme.
Senior UP minister Swami Prasad Maurya, who was sent to Unnao to meet the bereaved family, also made an announcement in this regard there.
“The Chief Minister is very much with the family of the deceased in this hour of crisis. The culprits will be dealt with sternly and punished. A fast track court will be set up with this view in mind,” Maurya said.
Earlier in the day, UP ministers Maurya, Kamal Rani Varun and local BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj met the victim’s family in Unnao .
Meanwhile, as political leaders visited the native village of the victim in Bihar police station area of Unnao to pay condolences to the bereaved family, there was deep sorrow and acute anger amongst the locals.
Sitting on the doorstep of their house, the victim’s father was categorical in saying that he wanted justice for his daughter on the lines of the Hyderabad case.
“I want to see the accused being chased and shot dead by the police. I do not want money or any other kind of help. I want them dead like it happened in Hyderabad or hanged to death,” the sobbing father said
When asked if anyone had come forward to assure justice, he said neither any MLA nor any official had tried to help them.
“The accused had used money to deprive us of justice. My complaint was not registered. Only after the court’s directive, the police registered a case,” he said.
The family members expressed grief that they could not save the girl’s life even though she wanted to live and see that the offenders were brought to justice. The family is also not aware when and where the cremation will take place.
Sub-divisional magistrate of Bighapur, Daya Shankar Pathak, declined to reveal when the body would arrive from Delhi or when the cremation would take place.
Demanding death punishment to the perpetrators, the victim’s brother said that they would bury the victim’s body and not cremate or immerse it in the Ganga river.
The Unnao rape victim was torched early Thursday morning while she was on her way to Rae Bareli in connection with a court case filed by her.
Five accused, including two who had allegedly raped her, were arrested after the incident.
She died on the day the four accused in the gang-rape and murder of a veterinarian in Hyderabad were killed in an encounter by the Telangana police, triggering a tsunami of reactions across the spectrum.