Amid sensational allegations of a gangrape and murder of a 14-year-old girl inside the Nighasan police station in Lakhimpur district on Friday night, Krisha Tirath, women and child development minister, has said the time has come for strict and resolute action in Uttar Pradesh.
"Such incidents are happening with immense regularity in the state. It reeks of utter insensitivity on part of the state government. The time has come for strict action by the Centre," said an unusually forceful Tirath of the alleged incident. The teen's body was found hanging from a tree inside the police station.
Asked what action did she expect from the Centre, the minister said: "I am trying to meet Union home minister P Chidambaram as soon as possible. I have also asked the National Commission of Women to submit a report on the incident within two days. The nature of action will be decided consequently."
Like the farmers' agitation against land acquisition and the consequent allegations of mass atrocities by policemen in Bhatta-Parsaul villages near Greater Noida, this incident is also fast turning into a political battle between Congress and the Mayawati government.
Stating that there were allegations of evidence being tampered with, the minister said that mere suspension of the policemen is no punishment if such a crime had indeed taken place. Eleven policemen were suspended after the incident.