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No justice for the weak: Unnao victim’s father

Flanked by his daughter-in-law and other relatives, the 65-year-old man sits in the courtyard of his kucchahouse, grieving yet stoic, refusing to eat anything and staying tireless in his pursuit to share his story. Promises by leaders do not move him much.

, ET Bureau|
Dec 08, 2019, 11.39 PM IST
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Unnao Rape Case
Unnao rape victim's last rites being performed at her village on Sunday.
UNNAO: “My daughter would not come back.. even if Modi and Yogi come forward. Had the administration been strict, the girl would not have had to face this. But it's all about bribery here, and no justice for the weak,” father of the deceased 23-year-old rape victim from Bihar village in Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh told ET.

Flanked by his daughter-in-law and other relatives, the 65-year-old man sits in the courtyard of his kucchahouse, grieving yet stoic, refusing to eat anything and staying tireless in his pursuit to share his story. Promises by leaders do not move him much.

The victim was raped last December allegedly by Shivam Trivedi, who hail from a wealthy family in Kolkata. She succumbed late Friday night to 90% burns inflicted upon her by the accused. The father says the local police station had refused to lodge an FIR because the accused was a kin of the Pradhan (village chief).

When the police refused to help her, the girl approached the police at Lalganj in Raebareli where her aunt stayed. “It had been 6-7 months since she had been away from home to Lalganj to protect herself from the accused as well as pursue the case from outside,” said a cousin.

After Shivam was released on November 30, the victim was threatened and asked to bury the case, however, she wanted to go straight to the court in Raebareli to testify. “She was quite courageous and would regularly travel by bus and train.

I would often escort her to the station myself. However, that day, she left around 4 am without telling us to catch the 4:45 am train when the men ambushed her, and then burnt her,” the father recounts. The body of the 23-year old was buried on Saturday night in the village even as the area remained packed with police and mediapersons.

CASTE DIVIDE AND HARASSMENT
The narrow lane in Unnao where the girl resided is dominated by upper caste families – Trivedis and Vajpayees. A corner of the lane is occupied by a handful of lower caste families that belong to either of the tribes – Gond, Lodh or Lohar. They have their own tales of suppression and harassment by the Brahmin community.

“They threaten us of driving us out of our house, of burning our house down. Some time back my cow strayed into their house and they beat me up,” said a villager from the area, lifting her saree to show an injured knee.

THE OTHER SIDE
Barely a kilometre away in another lane, stood the house of the village Pradhan, who was arrested. Here sat his three daughters. A sister of Umesh, a ‘Panchayat Mitra’, who was also arrested on Thursday morning could not hold back her tears. “It is all a farce,” she says. “We demand a CBI probe and then let it be clear if the accused are indeed guilty of burning her.”

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