Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday visited two teenaged victims of sexual violence in Uttar Pradesh.
After calling on a minor girl in Banda who was allegedly raped by a legislator of the state's ruling Bahujan Samaj Party in December, Gandhi visited Kanpur to meet a Dalit girl who was maimed by three men when she resisted gangrape on Saturday.
The Congress general secretary, and Amethi MP spent 20 minutes in the Kanpur hospital where the second victim is battling for her life.
"I will pray for her," he consoled the girl's father.
Gandhi also announced financial assistance of Rs 1 lakh for the girl. The money was later handed over by state Congress president Rita Bahuguna Joshi.
"He even offered to get my daughter treated in Delhi, but I told him that the Uttar Pradesh government was providing free treatment," the father told reporters after Gandhi's departure.
Earlier, the Congress leader met the Banda rape victim in Shahbazpur village in Banda and assured her of all possible help after she claimed that she was getting threats from the legislator Purushottam Naresh Dwivedi's henchmen.
The girl was allegedly raped in December and later jailed after Dwivedi implicated her in a false theft case.
The incident triggered a public outcry prompting BSP supremo and chief minister Mayawati to intervene and suspend the MLA from the party.
The girl was released from jail last month. Dwivedi is now behind bars.
(With agency inputs)