Zee Media Bureau
Badaun: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday met the family members of two dalit sisters, who were gang-raped and murdered here earlier this week, and demanded CBI probe into the matter. Moments after, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav agreed to order a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the horrific case.
"The Uttar Pradesh government is ready to recommend a CBI probe. Will soon send a request to the Centre," said a statement issued by Akhilesh, who is under attack from opposition parties. He has not visited Badaun and met victims` family as yet.
Amidst huge outrage over growing lawlessness in Uttar Pradesh, Rahul Gandhi, meanwhile, met the family members at their home and also visited the site where the bodies of the two girls were found hanging. He assured the family of all possible help, Congress leaders said.
Adopting a tough stand, Rahul Gandhi said UP police cannot give justice to the families of the victims and the culprits should know that they cannot get away with such a heinous crime.
"They have said that the honour of their daughters cannot be brought back with money. They said they want justice and they have no faith in the UP police as their people are involved. They said that the UP police cannot get them justice. I agree with them, there can be no price for a woman`s honour.”
"I am also in agreement with them on what they have said about the CBI inquiry. CBI inquiry should happen," Rahul said.
He, however, refrained from attacking the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh which has faced a lot of flak over the sensational crime amid allegations that the local police was hand in glove with the accused.
"Whosoever have committed this crime should know that they cannot do such things in India," Rahul said
The Congress vice president visited the home of the dalit girls and during the interaction, their family members complained that the police did not act when they approached the local police chowki.
"Had the police acted in time, our daughters would have been alive," father of one of the victims told Rahul.
The Congress leader also walked to the spot where the victims had been found hanging from a tree.
"We want justice and not compensation. The manner in which the entire world saw our innocent girls hanging, we want that in the same manner it should watch the culprits being hanged. They should be hanged publicly," said the father.
He said that the incident was "more gruesome" than December 16 gang-rape case and demanded a CBI probe adding that there should be nothing less than capital punishment for the culprits.
Rahul was accompanied by AICC general secretary in-charge of UP Madhusudan Mistry, state PCC chief Nirmal Khatri and chairman of AICC Scheduled Castes department K Raju.
He assured the family of all possible help, Congress leaders said.
The two victims, who were cousins and aged 14 and 15, went missing from their house on the night of May 27. Their bodies were found hanging from a mango tree in the village in Ushait area the next morning.
This is Gandhi`s first visit outside his Parliamentary constituency Amethi in UP after the party`s debacle in the recent Lok Sabha polls.
The gangrape-murder incident had triggered protests in the area with villagers alleging police apathy, following which an FIR was registered against seven persons.
The incident also led to a nationwide furore. Home Minister Rajnath Singh was yesterday briefed by officials on the incident.
All the five main accused, including two policemen, have been arrested, police said today.
Badaun is 300 km from Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow.
(With PTI inputs)