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Uproar in LS over Unnao rape survivor's accident

July 30, 2019 13:47 IST

Lok Sabha on Tuesday witnessed vociferous protests and sloganeering by opposition parties, including the Congress, over the incident of Unnao rape survivor getting injured in a car crash.

IMAGE: MPs from various opposition parties stage a protest over the accident of Unnao rape survivor and ex-soldier beaten to death (in Amethi, UP), at Parliament House during the Budget Session. Photograph: Shahbaz Khan/PTI Photo

Amid the ruckus, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, including Union ministers, asserted that the Uttar Pradesh government is taking steps to ensure justice for the girl and her family and urged the Opposition not to politicise the matter.

 

The protests, that began soon after the House convened for the day, was led by Congress members. They were joined by members from the Trinamool Congress, Dravida Munnetra Kazagham and Bahujan Samaj Party, among others.

More than 30 members, mostly from the Congress were in the Well, for nearly 40 minutes and were heard shouting 'we want justice'.

Raising the matter, Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said it was shameful and demanded that adequate security should be provided to the victim's family.

He made it clear that there was no intention to politicise the case.

Urging protesting members not to politicise the matter, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said the state government was doing everything to ensure justice.

Minister of State for Rural Development Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti claimed the truck belonged to a worker of the Samajwadi Party.

IMAGE: Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said it was shameful and demanded that adequate security should be provided to the victim's family. Photograph: PTI Photo

BJP leader Jagdambika Pal claimed the truck that hit the car -- in which the girl, her family members and lawyers were travelling -- belonged to a Samajwadi Party leader. He also alleged that the Congress was trying to tarnish the image of the BJP.

While he gave an opportunity for members to speak on the matter, Speaker Om Birla also told them that issues related to states should not be raised in the House as the opposition continued with their protests.

BJP member Meenakshi Lekhi, who was in the Speaker's Chair, asked the Opposition to be constructive and said that the Central Bureau of Investigation is already probing the case.

She told Chowdhury that they were indulging in politics over the issue.

"Whatever is the truth, it will come out," she said and urged protesting members to go back to their seats.

On Monday, the Uttar Pradesh police filed a murder case against BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and nine others following a complaint by the Unnao rape survivor's family, alleging "conspiracy" behind the Sunday's car crash in which the victim was severely injured and two of her family members were killed.

A woman in Unnao had alleged that Sengar, a four-time MLA who represents Bangermau in the UP assembly, raped her teenage daughter at his residence in 2017.

The case had come to light after the girl allegedly attempted self-immolation outside Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's residence. Sengar, an accused in the rape case, was arrested in April 2018. 

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