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Badaun gang-rape: SIT formed; victims’ family mulling to leave UP

The family of two cousins, aged 14 and 15, who were abducted, brutally gang-raped and murdered on May 27 in Badaun district, have decided to leave Uttar Pradesh, reports said on Friday.

The father of the 14-year-old told a newspaper that they want to leave the state as the musclemen in their area have been threatening and telling them once the media and politicians leave they will be at their mercy again.

Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh government, which has facing enough criticism for failing to control the law and order situation, has constituted a Special Investigating Team (SIT) to probe the horrific gang-rape and murder case.

The two teenage girls were raped and then hanged on a mango tree when they had gone to relieve themselves in the field.

Around 300 security personnel are guarding the victims’ family members round-the-clock to avoid untoward incident. Despite this, the aggrieved family continues to live in fear and has no hopes from the Samajwadi Party government.

The distraught family has alleged that the police is hand-in-glove with the accused.

The victim’s father asserted that the family only wanted justice for their daughters and not compensation.

Politicians across parties, including Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, BSP supremo Mayawati and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, have visited the family in the last few days.

In the last few days, prominent Samajwadi Party leaders gave weird arguments on the rising incidents of rape in the UP.

“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. These incidents happen in other places also but are not highlighted,” senior SP leader Ramgopal Yadav said.

Under intense criticism over Badaun gang-rape case, UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said a Google search would show such crimes occurring across the country.

SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday made a scathing remark on the national media and cautioned it to focus on other issues.

When quizzed by reporters on rising lawlessness in UP, the SP chief said, “You do your job, I’ll do mine.”

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