United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon appalled by Badaun rape case, demands action

Lucknow, June 5, 2014: The villagers of Katra Saadatganj, where the rape-murders took place, vented their anger on divisional commissioner K Ravindranayak who went to meet the victims' family. The girls had been hanged from a tree after being raped. Government officials who went tothe village, which is in the parliamentary constituency of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav nephew's Dharmendra Yadav, were heckled. With the accused mostly belonging to the Yadav community, the crime has become a symbol for caste dominance over weaker sections.

Comments from SP such as leaders Ram Gopal Yadav added fuel to the fire. "In many places, when the relationship between girls and boys come out in open, it is termed as rape. In many places, girls and boys are ready (to marry) but honour killings take place. The most saddening and serious thing is that such incidents are not stopping," he said.

He was accused of being insensitive and trying to deflect attention from the real issue. Yadav blamed the media for the increasing number of atrocities against women, including rape. "The kind of pictures in magazines and papers which are carried, the kind of visuals shown by channels which depict obscenity and violence is corrupting the mind of the young people," Yadav said. He said that the news media was focusing on Uttar Pradesh and ignoring crime in other states.

"These incidents happen in other places also but are not highlighted. No politician visited those places but since media without checking facts said that the two girls in Badayun were Dalits, everybody went there and even demanded registration of a case under the SC/ST Act when the girls actually belonged to OBC castes." Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav defended his government.

"Whenever there has been an incident, we have taken immediate action. We have even recommended a CBI enquiry into the Budayun rape case. But there is too much publicity of crime incidents in UP. If you go to Google and search you will find very recent cases of heinous crimes in Bangalore, but the news channels don't take it up." On Wednesday, the United Nation condemned the crimes in UP.

"In just the last two weeks, we have seen despicable attacks against women and girls around the world--from Nigeria to Pakistan and from California to India. I was especially appalled by the brutal rape and gruesome murder of two teenaged women in India who had ventured out because they did not have access to a toilet," UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said, referring to the Budayun incident.

"We say no to the dismissive, destructive attitude of 'boys will be boys'. Together, we can empower more people to understand that violence against women degrades us all," Ban said at the launch of a video campaign on ending sexual violence through gender equality. (Source: ET Bureau)

05-06-2014 | Posted by Admin