Whose rule is it anyway in Uttar Pradesh? People seek answers
Lucknow: The state of Uttar Pradesh is in disarray. The incidents in which minor girls were raped, murdered and/or tortured in the areas of Lakhimpur Khiri, Barabanki and Kannauj are eye-openers to the lawlessness prevailing in the state. The Chief Minister and BSP supremo Mayawati whose party slogan is "Sarvajan Hitaya Sarvajan Sukhay" (Welfare for all, Happiness for all) is under fire of the opposition on the issue.
In the past 20 days, there were more than 20 rape and molestations cases reported from the state. In most of the cases, the police and the administration's role is itself under the public scanner. Adding to the wounds, the death of the prime accused in the CMO murder cases Dr. YS Sachan, under mysterious circumstances inside the district jail has aggravated the protests against the ruling party.
These cases have given the opposition enough ammo to bombard Mayawati's regime ahead of the elections.
On June 10, the body of a 14-year-old girl, Sonam, was found hanging from a tree inside the premises of Nighasan police station in Lakhimpur Khiri. She was allegedly raped and then killed by some cops. If the upholders of law stood as the outlaws in this case then the death of Sachan on June 22 made them look nothing less than demons in disguise. Fingers have also been pointed at some unknown purportedly "clean-imaged" people.
It seems like hell has been unleashed in the state. The unending series of crimes are creating a lot of pressure over government. Rahul Gandhi's surprise visit to Lakihimpur raised a storm within the power corridors of the state. The way he accused the state government was a serious, perhaps gravest, allegation on governance itself. He had said that it was difficult to expect justice in this state. He cited the example of how Sonam's parents were yet to receive a copy of the FIR report even after 17 days of the incident.
Even though the Chief Minister has ordered a high-level inquiry into the incident, it may not be enough. A government is not run by the CM alone but by the CM and the administrative bodies working in tandem.
Whatever Rahul Gandhi said maybe purely a political comment but it is yet to be seen how long it takes the state government to do justice in the cases. The question is: Will the state government prove its tagline by bringing to the people the answers they seek or will some new political agenda dampen all the burning issues?
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