When the entire nation’s attention was focused on Dadri, some cops of Etawah were busy in some extra-curricular activities.
According to a report on NDTV, a lady constable of Uttar Pradesh Police has lodged a complaint that she was gang-raped by two of her own ilk while she was on duty at the Jhansi fair.
The woman, who is still in hospital said in her complaint that she and another woman constable were forced in a car outside the fair after which they offered her a cold drink which was spiked and then took turns to rape her.
Too afraid to lodge her complaint in Jhansi the woman constable loged her complaint in Etawah and even named the men who had sexually assaulted her. But what action can one expect in this largest populated state of the country where the super Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav condones such crimes by saying “Boys will be boys.”
Thank God no one has suggested him to dismiss such complaints by telling the cops, “Oh, Girl will be girls.”
Since here the victim was a fellow constable, a complaint has been lodged but under normal circumstances the police turns away the victims even though under the Criminal Law Amendment Act 2013, which came into existence after the report of the Justice J S Verma Committee report, any refusal to lodge a complaint of sexual assault can lead to imprisonment or fine or both.
Its a matter of shame for people that the state which gave the country four Prime Ministers is saddled with a government that has its own set of ethics and rules of governance.
Somehow, there were great hopes when Akhilesh Yadav was anointed the Chief Minister after the last elections, even though there was a unanimous demand for giving Mulayam Singh another chance.
Akhilesh was young, educated (his degree is real), had a young band of supporters who were well-connected and well-informed and had a vision for the country, or so we told.
But what went wrong after that? Broadly, two things.
One, the legacy that he inherited did not allow a novice in politics like Akhilesh to function as he would have liked. He could not get out of the stranglehold of his family on the party and the man who represents everything that is wrong with Uttar Pradesh- Azam Khan.
The second factor that has led to this continuous state of violence against women and communal flare ups was the almost total wash-out of the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party in the Lok Sabha elections in 2014.
The ruling Samajwadi Party in UP is feeling challenged in its home turf by the BJP and the new found confidence of the Modi-Amit Shah led party made sure that it would ensure a clear-cut polarization of this populous state to take over its reigns in the next Assembly elections.
By Amitabh Srivastava