New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh ministers Swami Prasad Maurya, Kamal Rani Varun and BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj were on Saturday heckled by protesters as they reached the village of 23-year-old rape victim to meet her family members. Notably, the woman, who was set on fire by five men, including two who were accused of raping her, succumbed to her burn injuries last night at national capital’s Safadarjung hospital.
National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) members and local villagers tried to stop the BJP leaders from visiting the victim’s residence but they managed to meet the woman’s kin after police used force and disperse the crowd.
“I along with my party are in support of the victim’s family. I have been vocal about it in the Parliament as well. Culprits will be arrested. None will be spared. Unnao’s name has been maligned”, Unnao MP Sakshi Maharaj told reporters after meeting the family members of the victim. Sakshi Maharaj along with the ministers had visited the village on direction of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
Following the outrage over the rape and murder across the country, CM Yogi issued a statement earlier in the day and assured the “strictest of punishment for the culprits”. “All the accused people have been arrested. The case will be taken to a fast-track court, and punishment will be given,” the statement read.
Yesterday at around 11:10 PM, the Unnao rape victim suffered cardiac arrest. The doctors at the hospital tried to resuscitate her, but she could not survive and at 11:40 pm passed away.
Demanding justice akin to the Hyderabad case, the Unnao rape victim’s father said,“I want to see the accused persons being chased and shot dead. I do not want money or any other kind of help. I want to see that the accused are chased and shot dead like the Hyderabad encounter or hanged to death,” he said.
On December 5, the woman was admitted to a Lucknow hospital with 90 per cent burns, later she was airlifted to Delhi and admitted to the Safdarjung Hospital in extremely critical condition. She had reportedly told her brother that she wanted to live. “Save me, I don’t want to die. But make sure they are not spared. They must hang,” the rape survivor had told her brother before breathing her last.