File photo of Shahjahanpur law student in police custody /PTI
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi on Thursday slammed Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh over the arrest of Shahjahanpur law student, who was allegedly raped by a saffron party leader and former Union minister Swami Chinmayanand.
The law student was arrested by the SIT team formed to probe the rape case on charges of extortion and sent to a 14-day judicial custody. The girl had filed a bail plea but it got rejected by the court.
"Unnao rape case: Victim’s father is killed. Victim’s uncle is arrested. Following massive public pressure and after 13 months, accused MLA arrested. Attempt to kill the victim’s family. Shahjahanpur rape case: Victim arrested. Victim’s family being pressured," Priyanka Gandhi tweeted.
The Congress leader said that Police deliberately delayed action against the accused BJP leader and it was after public pressure that they arrested him. "Even the charge of rape has not been put on the accused BJP leader. This is BJP’s justice?" she said.
Chinmayanand, sent to judicial custody after his arrest, was booked under section 376C of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), a charge with lesser punishment than rape. The Congress general-secretary in-charge of UP also raised another case of rape in Banda where the victim was asked to bring witnesses.
"This is the height of insensitivity. This makes it clear that the BJP government is anti-women. What kind of demand is this to ask a rape victim to get two witnesses of the rape" Gandhi said, citing a media report.
(With inputs from PTI)