UP: Group of men molests woman in Rampur, posts video on internet; one held (Representational Image)
Unfazed by UP CM Adityanath’s repeated warning to criminals, a group of men molested a woman and filmed the act in a forest area near Tanda district. The miscreants uploaded the video on internet. The video has gone viral which has created outrage. The police have arrested the main accused and constituted a team of police officials to nab others in the case.
The victim said that she was returning from market with her brother but the latter left to refill petrol. She further said, “Sister and I went to toilet in nearby forest. Meanwhile, 10-12 men molested us.”
Senior police officers, including Superintendent of Police Vipin Tada, have rushed to Tanda after the video went viral.
Case registered & main accused arrested. 4 teams have been constituted to nab others.Statements of victims not registered yet: SP Rampur, UP pic.twitter.com/i7ipKFUVSe— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) May 28, 2017
The video clip showed 14 men molesting a woman near a forest area close to Tanda town. The police said the men themselves shot the video and uploaded it on the social media, which was aired by some television channels on Sunday.
Police said a case was registered and one of the 14 accused, Shahnawaz, was arrested. They said the victim has been provided security.
Reacting to the incident, Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan lashed out at the BJP government over the law and order situation, even as he advised the women to stay indoors.
“Molestation, misbehaving with the women, loot, dacoity, murder have become the order of the day. Before the Assembly polls, I had warned the voters of the consequences of voting for the BJP. I had urged them to keep in mind the perfect rule of the SP and the future of law and order. I had said if the BJP was given a chance, law and order will worsen,” he told reporters.
The SP leader said what was now happening in Uttar Pradesh was “not unexpected”, claiming that women in the state were not safe ever since the BJP government took over.
Khan advised the parents of the girls to realise the “gravity of the situation. ... For the safety of your prestige, keep your daughters inside the houses under strict vigil.”