A schoolgirl questioning police official at awareness programme at Barabanki on July 31. Photo/ANI
A schoolgirl questioning police official at awareness programme at Barabanki on July 31. Photo/ANI

Barabanki schoolgirl grills UP police on Unnao rape survivor case

ANI | Updated: Aug 01, 2019 10:13 IST

Barabanki (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Aug 1 (ANI): A schoolgirl posed some tough questions to Uttar Pradesh police officials here who were delivering a lecture to students about women's safety.
Citing Unnao rape survivor's case as a glaring example of alleged administrative failure to deliver justice and protect the victim, the schoolgirl on Wednesday questioned a police official about how law enforcers would guarantee the safety of those who complain against "influential" persons who harass or commit a crime against them.
"You say we should raise our voice and protest, I agree. But what we have seen in Unnao case is that a BJP leader has raped a girl and she met with an accident. The accident was not an accident, the number plate of the truck was blackened," the class 11 student asked.
The reference was to the case of the Unnao rape survivor against a BJP legislator.
"We can easily protest against some layperson but how do we protest against influential political leaders?" she asked.
The session caught on camera was widely shared on social media and showed the obvious discomfiture of the police officials.
"What is the guarantee that if I protest against some influential political leader then I will be safe and nothing will happen to me?" she asked the official.
Her schoolmates present in the hall responded to her pointed question with loud claps.
In response to her question additional Superintendant of Police R S Gautam responded: "The investigation is going on in the Unnao case and hence it is not proper to comment on the issue. It is not good to not to raise our voice fearing that we will not get justice. We should always seek legal course for getting justice."
On July 28, a truck rammed into the vehicle in which the Unnao rape survivor, her counsel and two aunts were travelling into Raebareli. While she and her lawyer sustained grievous injuries, her aunts were killed on the spot. The Unnao rape survivor and her lawyer, who is being treated at King George's Medical University are stable, the hospital said on Wednesday.
The Uttar Pradesh Police filed a case of murder against BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and nine others in connection with the accident. Probe in the case was transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday after which the CBI registered a case in connection with the the rape survivor's accident in Raebareli.(ANI)