Rape Survivors’ Fight for Justice Stare Across Yogi Adityanath’s Claims of Achievements

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Yogi Adityanath issued a booklet on completing 30 months in his office. — Photo: NDTV

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LUCKNOW — On completion of 30 months in office — half way into his tenure, Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of the most populous state of India Uttar Pradesh, released a book on the occasion and listed the “safety of women and girls” as a priority for his government.

“Safety of women and girls is our priority. Prosecution is being speeded up in cases involving crimes against women. Speedy trial and chargesheets is our focus,” said Adityanath speaking at a function to mark the completion of two an a half years in power.

The hollow and brazen claims failed to bring laurels to the chief minister as two major rape cases involving accused linked to the ruling BJP contradict his claim.

First, a teen rape survivor from Unnao is said to face the highest level of threat to her life and second, the BJP’s Chinmayanand is yet to be charged with rape four days after she testified before a court.

Chinmayanand, a former union minister and senior BJP leader, is yet to be charged with rape even days after a young woman made a statement in court accusing him of sexually assaulting her for a year after helping with her admission into a law college he runs.

Chinmayanand also allegedly filmed her while taking a bath in the hostel and used the video to blackmail her. The woman claims she has handed over footage to prove her allegations; she says she used a camera in her spectacles to record assault.

Former minister of state for home, Chinmayanand, who runs several ashrams and institutions, has denied the allegations and in turn filed a case of extortion against unknown people.

Yogi Adityanath claimed that his government had worked for the welfare of farmers and had also brought in several schemes for their benefits, including the loan waiver scheme.

The chief minister said that in 30 months, his government had opened 41 new police stations, inducted 75,000 police personnel and made sure that events like the Kumbh Mela were held without any disturbance.

Among other achievements, the Chief Minister said that he had come down with a heavy hand on corruption and government employees whose performance was found lacking at various levels, were given retirement.

Meanwhile, Congress on Thursday slammed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for failing to provide justice to Unnao rape victim and questioned the credibility of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government in the state for letting a series of mishaps happen to the victim and her family under its nose.

The party also claimed that there is a conspiracy at play by higher authorities to wipe out the witnesses in the rape case, reports Times Now.

(With inputs from media)

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