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Serious human rights concerns in Unnao rape case

Apr 20, 2018

Global human rights organisation Amnesty has called for an impartial investigation into the atrocities faced by the Unnao rape victim’s family.

New Delhi/Lucknow: 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 legislator from the ruling party BJP and the death of her father in police custody on Monday, Amnesty International India’s Programmes Director Asmita Basu said that the Unnao tragedy paints a very chilling picture.

Asmita called for an impartial investigation into gross violation of human rights. “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,” Asmita 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.

The rape survivor alleges that her father was assaulted by the family and supporters of the accused on April 3, however, instead of arresting the assailants, her father was arrested and sent to the district jail. On April 9, the father died at the district hospital. The survivor has said that her father was killed because she was not willing to withdraw her complain.

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