UP government committed to safety of all women: Yogi Adityanath

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Yogi Adityanath [Image Twitter]
Yogi Adityanath [Image Twitter]

New Delhi : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, whose is being heavily criticised along with the U police over the alleged gang rape and murder of a 20-year-old Dalit woman in Hathras, tweeted Friday to claim his government was committed to the safety, security and development of all mothers and sisters.

"Those who even think of harming mothers and daughters in UP, their destruction is assured. They will get such punishment that will set an example for the future. The government of UP is committed to the safety and security and development of all mothers and sisters. This is our commitment and promise," the Chief Minister wrote in Hindi.

On Thursday CM Yogi spoke to the young woman's family via video call, promising strict action against the accused and all possible help (Rs 25 lakh compensation, a house and a government job for a family member)".

Yogi Adityanath's declarations come amid pressure on his government over a series of horrific crimes against women; in the days following the Hathras tragedy - which occurred September 14 - at least two other assaults and alleged rapes - one on a 11-year-old girl - were reported from the state.

The family of the young woman from Hathras has alleged multiple lapses from UP Police throughout the case, including not adding a rape charge against the four accused - all from the so-called upper castes - until a formal statement was made.

The police also triggered outrage after rushing to cremate the woman's body at 2.30 am, after allegedly locking up her family in their homes and preventing them from saying a final goodbye.

Rahul Gandhi, slammed the UP government for showing Dalits their place, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and BSP chief Mayawati, prominent personalities and celebrities have also hit out at the Yogi Adityanath government.

"Law and order in UP has deteriorated to a great extent. There is no semblance of safety for women. The criminals are committing crimes in the open," Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said on Tuesday, tweeting: "@myogiadityanath you are accountable for the safety of women in UP".

The Allahabad High Court has also taken notice of the case and has summoned top officials of the government and police to appear before it on October 12.

In its notice, the court said the matter was of "immense public importance... involves allegation of high-handedness by state authorities, resulting in violation of basic human and fundamental rights".