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Home / India News / Unnao case will be fast-tracked, says UP law minister

Unnao case will be fast-tracked, says UP law minister

Brajesh Pathak, UP law minister, said such (rape) cases should not be politicised, when asked about a news agency report about number of rape cases in Unnao in the past few months.

india Updated: Dec 07, 2019 13:06 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Uttar Pradesh law minister Brajesh Pathak.
Uttar Pradesh law minister Brajesh Pathak. (ANI  / Twitter )

Uttar Pradesh’s law minister Brajesh Pathak on Saturday assured justice to the 24-year-old Unnao rape victim, who died a day after she was set on fire by five men, which included her alleged rapist.

The woman died on Friday night of a cardiac arrest in New Delhi. She was airlifted to the Capital and admitted to the Safdarjung Hospital after she suffered 90% burns in Thursday’s attack.

“It is saddening that the victim is no more with us today. We will appeal to the concerned court today to take this case to a fast track court. We will also appeal to hear the case on a day to day basis,” Brajesh Pathak said.

The minister also said cases of rape should not be politicised after a news report said 86 rapes happened in the state’s Unnao district in the last 11 months.

News agency IANS had reported that 86 cases of rape and 185 cases of sexual harassment of women have been reported from the district, calling it the “rape capital” of Uttar Pradesh.

“These cases should not be politicised. We will not spare the culprits, however powerful they may be. We will take the strictest action,” Brajesh Pathak, who belongs to Unnao, said.

All the five men, who allegedly set the woman on fire after failing to force her to withdraw her FIR, were remanded in 14 days’ judicial custody on Friday by a court in Unnao.