Woman gang-raped in Amethi, Rahul Gandhi says must take steps to ensure security

Congress vice president and Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi on Thursday expressed sadness after a woman was gang-raped by some persons over a land dispute in Gauriganj area of the district.

Last Updated: Jun 05, 2014, 23:19 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Amethi: Congress vice president and Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi on Thursday expressed sadness after a woman was gang-raped by some persons over a land dispute in Gauriganj area of the district.
In a statement, the Congress party scion said, “I am deeply saddened to learn of an alleged rape incident in Amethi. The matter is under investigation, and we are closely monitoring situation and following up with district administration.”

“We must take all necessary steps to improve law and order to ensure safety and security for women,” he said, and added, “There can be no development, no prosperity and no progress if such barbarism is allowed to continue.”

The incident occurred on Wednesday when Hariram, a resident of Dihwa village, was involved in a land dispute with some persons.

His wife was beaten up by rival group members following a heated argument over the issue. A friend of Hiraram`s wife, who came to her rescue, was forcibly taken inside a house and gang-raped by them, police said.

"The victim alleged that some persons assaulted and later gangraped her in a house yesterday," IG (Law and Order) Amrendra Sengar told reporters in Lucknow.

Sengar said that a case has been lodged against three persons in this regard, but no arrest has been made so far.

"Both the parties were brought to the police station for questioning," Sengar said.

Meanwhile, Amethi District Magistrate Jagatraj Tripathi and SP Heeralal said that in initial investigation the incident was not confirmed, but legal action and inquiry would continue.

With PTI Inputs