Serious human rights concerns in Unnao rape case

By Amnesty International India
Delhi: 11 April 2018 6:31 pm

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Reacting to the failure of the Uttar Pradesh government to ensure timely investigation into the alleged rape of a young woman last year, in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, by a BJP MLA and the death of her father in police custody on Monday, Amnesty International India’s Programmes Director Asmita Basu said,

“The suspicious death of a rape survivor’s father while seeking justice for his daughter suggests that the UP police have turned their backs on human rights. The reported failure of the Uttar Pradesh police to register an FIR against the accused, the harassment faced by the survivor and her family, and the death of her father in custody—paint a chilling picture. There must be an immediate, independent and impartial investigation into these violations, and authorities must take all steps to ensure that the survivor and her family are protected from any further harassment.”

“We also urge the Government of Uttar Pradesh to respond to the notices issued by the National Human Rights Commission in this case and ensure that the perpetrators of these crimes are brought to justice,” she added.

In June 2017, a woman in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, was allegedly raped by a BJP MLA and his brothers. Last Sunday, the survivor attempted suicide outside Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s residence, accusing the authorities of failing to investigate the case, and protecting perpetrators. She alleges that her father was assaulted by the family and supporters of the accused on 3 April; however, instead of arresting the assailants, her father was arrested and sent to the district jail. On 9 April, the father died at the district hospital. The survivor has said that her father was killed because she was not willing to withdraw her complaint.

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