UP Election 2022: Congress Names Mother of 2017 Unnao Rape Victim As Poll Candidate

UP Election 2022: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday released the party's first list of 125 candidates for Uttar Pradesh assembly polls.

Updated: January 13, 2022 12:21 PM IST

By India.com News Desk | Edited by Analiza Pathak

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra
UP Election 2022: Congress Names Mother of 2017 Unnao Rape Victim As Poll Candidate

New Delhi: The Congress on Thursday nominated the mother of 2017 Unnao rape victim as its candidate for the upcoming assembly election in Uttar Pradesh. Asha Singh, the unnao victim’s mother, was among those who featured in the first list of 125 candidates released by the party today.

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Terming it an attempt to bring a new kind of politics, Priyanka Gandhi said that out of the 125 candidates, 40 per cent are women while 40 per cent are youths of the state. “In the first list of 125 candidates for UP polls, 50 candidates are women, including Asha Singh, mother of the Unnao rape victim. From Shahjahanpur, we have fielded Asha worker Poonam Pandey who led an agitation for a raise in honorarium,” said Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

The Unnao rape case, as it came to be called, made national headlines after the rape victim attempted self-immolation outside UP CM Yogi Adityanath’s residence to protest against alleged police inaction.

Soon after the allegations against Kuldip Sengar came to the fore, the rape victim’s father was arrested under the Arms Act. He died in police custody due to alleged custodial torture. In 2020, Kuldeep Singh Sengar was sentenced to ten years in jail and fined Rs 10 lakh in connection with the death of the Unnao rape victim’s father.

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Published Date: January 13, 2022 12:15 PM IST

Updated Date: January 13, 2022 12:21 PM IST