Congress Gives Ticket To Unnao Rape Victim’s Mother

| Updated: January 13, 2022 3:54 pm

“Our list sends a new message that if you have been a victim of harassment and torture, the Congress will support you,” said Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

The Congress on Thursday released its list of candidates for Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2002. Forty per cent of the tickets have been reserved for women, Ms Gandhi said.

Releasing the name of the mother of the 19-year-old victim, the Congress general secretary has sent out a clear message to rival parties. Former BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar was convicted and jailed for life for the girl’s rape.

Asha Singh, the mother of the victim, has been fielded from Unnao’s Bangarmau, the same seat where Sengar won as a BJP candidate in 2017 and remained a lawmaker till his conviction in the case. A poll on the seat was also won by the BJP.

“Our aim is to strengthen our party and for our candidates to fight on people’s issues. We will not indulge in a negative campaign. Our campaign will be about development and the progress of Dalits and backwards,” she said.

Uttar Pradesh will go to polls in seven phases between February 10 and March 7, with results being declared on March 10. 

The Congress has been reduced to a virtual non-player in the state over the past years. This election, it is focusing on gender equality in view of the rampant rise in crimes against women. Some of these cases — including the gang rape of a Dalit woman in Hathras, and the case in Unnao — outraged the country. “What I have started in UP, I will continue and I will stay in the state even after the elections. I will strengthen the party further in the state,” she added.

The Unnao rape case came into limelight after the victim attempted suicide outside the residence of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. She tried to kill herself after her 55-year-old father was thrashed allegedly by Sengar’s brother. He died the next day, reportedly due to the injuries he had sustained. This incident led to a nationwide uproar with civil bodies and citizens demanding justice for the minor.

In December 2019, Senger was convicted and jailed for life in a separate case for raping the woman in Unnao in 2017 when she was a minor.

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