Hyderabad, Oct.5 : Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President & MP Uttam Kumar Reddy strongly condemned the brutal gang rape, torture and murder of a Dalit girl in Hathras of Uttar Pradesh. He alleged that the UP’s BJP Government, headed by CM Yogi Adiyanath, tried to hush up the matter and dismissed the charges of gang rape although the victim herself leveled the allegation in her dying declaration. He said that the victim’s family was deprived of the right to perform her last rites as per Hindu rituals. The local administration had set ablaze her body at 2 am past-midnight.
The TPCC Chief also condemned the behaviour of UP Police with Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi when they tried to visit Hathras to meet the victim’s family members. He said that both the leaders were manhandled and wrongly arrested. He said that the BJP regime was proving to be worse than British Raj.
Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the situation in Telangana, in terms of women’s safety, was not different from Uttar Pradesh. He said a girl, belonging to the minority community, was allegedly raped and murdered by a TRS leader in Moinabad last month. But no stern action has been taken so far. No TRS minister of KCR cabinet even met the victim’s family so far, he said.
Similarly, he said a tribal girl, Teku Lakshmi, was brutally gang-raped and murdered in Adilabad district. There has been no progress in this case too. He said such incidents have instilled fear among women and the BJP and TRS Govts have failed to ensure their security, he alleged.
Senior leaders including AICC Secretaries N.S. Bose Raju, MP Komatireddy Venkatreddy, MLA Seethakka, MLC T. Jeevan Reddy, Ex-PCC Presidents Ponnala Lakshmaiah and V. Hanumatha Rao, ex-LoP in Council Shabbir Ali, TPCC Working President Kusum Kumar, AICC Secretary Sampath Kumar, ex-Deputy CM Damodar Rajanarasimha, ex-MP Anjan Kumar Yadav and others participated in the Satyagraha. (NSS)