In Delhi, Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad organised a protest outside Safdarjung Hospital, the road before the hospital blocked. In Hathras, Congress workers blocked the roads to Talab Chowk, demanding death sentence for the accused.
The four accused have been arrested but the girl’s rape has not been officially confirmed two weeks since she was brutalised. In Agra, Dalit leaders staged a demonstration and burnt effigies of the four accused. In Aligarh, there was angry sloganeering throughout the day. In Mathura, Congress and Samajwadi Party workers took out a candlelight march.
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tweeted that women are not safe in UP: “The state is shaken by rape incidents in Gorakhpur, Shahjahanpur, and Hathras. Law and order situation in the state has gone out of control. Crime against women is rampant.”
हाथरस में हैवानियत झेलने वाली दलित बच्ची ने सफदरजंग अस्पताल में दम तोड़ दिया। दो हफ्ते तक वह अस्पतालों में जिंदगी औ… https://t.co/qngN5MwDTj
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) 1601353369000
…यूपी में कानून व्यवस्था हद से ज्यादा बिगड़ चुकी है। महिलाओं की सुरक्षा का नाम-ओ-निशान नहीं है।अपराधी खुले आम अप… https://t.co/sfMpyZwG41
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) 1601353370000
BSP chief Mayawati expressed anguish and demanded support for her family. “Deeply saddened by the news of the death of the Dalit girl who was gang-raped in UP’s Hathras. BSP demands UP government to provide all necessary support to the victim’s family and her case must be taken up in fast track court to ensure quick punishment to the culprits.” Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav offered condolences to the family: “No expectation from the insensitive ruling party in the state.”
यूपी के हाथरस में गैंगरेप के बाद दलित पीड़िता की आज हुई मौत की खबर अति-दुःखद। सरकार पीड़ित परिवार की हर संभव सहायता… https://t.co/ZEHkAEotMc
— Mayawati (@Mayawati) 1601356041000
Samajwadi Party’s member from the Dalit community Ramji Lal Suman said the stringent National Security Act must be used against the accused “so no one dares” to commit such a crime. “Police didn’t take this seriously. There are four such families, including that of the girl, living in the upper caste dominated village and such incidents break the faith of minorities.”
BJP spokesperson for the UP unit, Chandra Mohan, told TOI that the party and the government stand by the family. “There will be justice. Strict and fast-track punishment for the accused will be ensured”.