In the last one week, we have been made aware, again, about the inhuman times we live in. The brutality of the Kathua gangrape case has shocked and saddened the entire nation. Another case, which has created an outrage, and demands immediate justice is the Unnao rape case.
Recently, a minor girl, belonging to Unnao district, Uttar Pradesh, had attempted to commit suicide outside Chief Minister Yogi Adityanat’s residence. She was allegedly gang-raped by BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar and others. She had been fighting for justice for almost a year now, and during her fight, she lost her father who was beaten up which eventually led to his death.
More shockingly, the police had refused to file an FIR against the MLA. The 17-year old girl told about all the atrocities she went through in an interview with the Indian Express. It, again, makes us believe that a common man will always be maligned by the people in power. This is what she said:
“It was June 4 last year. I was asked to go inside a room, where he raped me. Later, I was told that my father and family would be killed if I opened my mouth. I did not speak about it to anyone until I was kidnapped by some of his people a few days later, on June 11. They gangraped me for a few days and sold me to someone from whom I was recovered.”
According to her, her family shared a cordial relation with the MLA.
“All of us used to call him brother. Sometimes, the MLA used to come home and ask my grandmother to prepare egg fry for him, and she used to do it.”
After the barbaric incident, they shifted to Delhi where she shared details of what happened to her with her uncle:
“On August 17, 2017, my uncle and I went to Lucknow and submitted an application to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at his residence. He gave it to some others standing with him but nothing happened. Neither me nor my father could come back to the village. I dropped out of school after Class VI about five years ago due to constant harassment by local boys”.
The police had advised her to stay out the case:
“When nothing happened even after meeting the Chief Minister personally, I wrote applications to the President, Prime Minister, the UP DGP, seeking help. But nothing happened, I was instead advised by policemen to leave the MLA out of it. “
The things turned frightful when her father was beaten up last week and she, then, decided to meet the chief minister again.
“Those at the gate said he was not there. We requested to meet his subordinates but they refused. I felt that I was the cause of all the trouble for the entire family and had brought kerosene with me. I took it out and poured it on myself. But instead of me, my father was killed.”
According to her grandmother, the girl’s father had come to the village to give her medicines as she was suffering from Tuberculosis, and therein, he was attacked. The grandmother says:
“I am to be blamed for his death as he had come to the village just to give me medicines. He also wanted to meet his son. They held him by his feet and dragged him out of my house in front of my eyes. We had closed the door but they jumped in… I will never go there again. When they could pick up the male member of our family from our house in front of the entire village and beat him publicly with their guns and cane sticks, you can imagine our plight. How can we be secure now? They can pick any one of us at night and our bodies would not be found.”
The CBI has registered three separate cases in connection with the alleged rape by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and detained him for questioning. The rape victim is demanding a severe punishment for him. She says in the end:
“Usne kaha tha ki agar bologi kisi ko toh tumhare papa ko aur parivar ko khatam kar denge. Usne kar diya aur abhi bhi muskurake ghoom raha hai. Jaan de denge, wapas nahin jayenge… lekin ladai ladenge. FIR se kya hota hai, un sabki giraftari honi chahiye.”