Rahul lands, meets victims
Maulshree Seth Posted online: Tue Feb 08 2011, 04:56 hrs
Kanpur : Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi has met three woman —
the latest victims of atrocities in the state — and asked the National
Commission for Women to send a team to look into the cases. The visit
comes at a time the Mayawati government is under the attack from the
Opposition on law and order issue.
On Monday morning, Rahul visited Banda and met the woman who was raped
allegedly by BSP MLA Purushottam Naresh Dwivedi. In the afternoon, he
went to Kanpur's Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital to meet the Dalit girl
attacked in Fatehpur on Saturday after she resisted rape. In the
evening, he visited a Sultanpur hospital where a rape and assault
victim was lying unconscious. He assured all three families of the
party's support in their fight for justice.
On his suggestion, state Congress president Rita Bahuguna Joshi handed
over a cheque for Rs 1 lakh from the party fund to the family of the
Fatehpur girl. The party has already provided financial assistance to
the Banda girl.
Originally, Rahul was only to visit Kanpur. But due to poor visibility
in the morning, his aircraft could not land at Ahirwana airport. He
then flew to Khajuraho and drove to Banda's Shehbaazpur village —
close to the MP-UP border — taking everyone by surprise. He spent
about half-hour with the woman and her family.
"He asked for detailed information and said he will help us get
justice," the woman said. She said she told Rahul that Rajju Patel,
who had kidnapped her, was still at large. "I told him no action has
yet been taken against the DM and SP of Banda." She said she was
unsafe in the village and feared an attack by the MLA'a aides. "I told
him I need a house in Banda city," she added. Rahul met the Fatehpur
girl and her family in the ICU of LLR Hospital. Three youths of
Udrauli village had attacked the girl with a sharp-edged weapon,
chopping off one of her ears and inflicting severe injuries on her
hands, face and head. The girl's father, Badlu Ram, said: "Rahul gave
me his office phone number and asked me to call whenever I need help."
He said the financial support provided by the Congress will help meet
his daughter's medical expenses. In the evening, Rahul went to the
Sultanpur civil hospital where a woman, who was raped and attacked on
February 1, was lying unconscious.
Officiating SP, Sultanpur, Ajay Shanker Rai said the woman was
attacked and her belongings looted by four men on the night of
February 1. All four have been arrested and a case has been lodged.
Attempts to contact her doctor were futile, said K L Sharma, Rahul's
representative. Rahul called doctors from Sultanpur's Sanjay Gandhi
Memorial Hospital to provide her with medical care.
Later, he asked the National Commission for Women to look into the
cases. A team headed by NCW chairperson Girja Vyas, is expected to
reach Amethi on Tuesday.
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