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United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon appalled by Badaun rape case, demands action

TNN, 05 June 2014


LUCKNOW: The attacks on the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh over crimes against women continued on Wednesday with the Union minister of state for home and even the United Nations adding to the barrage of criticism in the wake of the rape and murder of two underage girls in Badayun. Meanwhile, SP leaders invited further ire with their comments regarding crime in the state.


The villagers of Katra Saadatganj, where the rape-murders took place, vented their anger on divisional commissioner K Ravindranayak who went to meet the victims' family. The girls had been hanged from a tree after being raped. Government officials who went tothe village, which is in the parliamentary constituency of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav nephew's Dharmendra Yadav, were heckled. With the accused mostly belonging to the Yadav community, the crime has become a symbol for caste dominance over weaker sections.


Comments from SP such as leaders Ram Gopal Yadav added fuel to the fire. "In many places, when the relationship between girls and boys come out in open, it is termed as rape. In many places, girls and boys are ready (to marry) but honour killings take place. The most saddening and serious thing is that such incidents are not stopping," he said.


He was accused of being insensitive and trying to deflect attention from the real issue. Yadav blamed the media for the increasing number of atrocities against women, including rape. "The kind of pictures in magazines and papers which are carried, the kind of visuals shown by channels which depict obscenity and violence is corrupting the mind of the young people," Yadav said. He said that the news media was focusing on Uttar Pradesh and ignoring crime in other states. Read More....