LUCKNOW: BSP chief Mayawati has said that the allegations by the Hathras alleged gang rape victim’s family that they were being threatened has raised fresh questions over the government’s capability in giving justice to the victim. It also presses the point that lawlessness continues to thrive in UP, she added.
The victim’s brother had submitted an affidavit before the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court, alleging that their counsel and family members had received threats, specifically mentioning an incident which took place when trial proceedings were going on before the special court at Hathras on March 5, 2021. While taking up the issue,the HC has said that it could also consider shifting the trial out of Hathras and constituted an enquiry to probe the charges.
“It is now clear to everyone how the family of the unfortunate Hathras gang rape victim’s family is finding it difficult to get justice. The new evidence that has come to light in the court now raises serious questions about the steps taken by the government in this matter,” Mayawati said.
She added that now with the high court ordering an inquiry into the allegations that the victim’s family members are being threatened, the UP government is once again in the dock while people are left wondering how the family will get justice this way. “Is it then wrong to think that in UP, criminals rule and it is difficult to get justice,” she questioned.