Badaun repeated: Dalit girl raped, body found hanging from tree; 2 held
LAKHIMPUR (UP): In a grim reminder of the infamous Badaun
incident, a teenage Dalit girl was raped and her body was later found hanging
from a tree in Nighasan area of the district, police said on Thursday.
The body of the 16-year-old girl was found hanging from a
tree on Tuesday morning near Taparpurwa village in the district, about 130 km
from state capital Lucknow, they said.
The incident triggered an angry outburst from leaders of
various political parties, who slammed the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar
Pradesh, saying that the law and order machinery is “hanging from trees”.
Police said earlier her parents suspected it to be a case of
However, post mortem examination report received yesterday
confirmed that the girl was raped before her death. Her father then lodged a
complaint with Nighasan police, naming two youths of his village for committing
"A case of rape and murder has been lodged against the
two youths -- Manoj and Dharmesh -- on the basis of her father's
complaint," Station in-charge Ram Kumar Yadav said. Kheri SP Arvind Sen
Yadav told PTI that police has arrested the two youths.
Yadav himself visited the village and talked to the aggrieved
family members, who told him that the two youths had earlier teased the girl
following which her father had beaten them up.
In a shocking incident in May last year, two cousins were
found hanging from a tree in Badaun district and it was alleged that they were
hanged after being raped. However, CBI later filed a closure report in the case
saying that the girls had committed suicide.
Reacting to the latest incident, opposition parties attacked
the UP government for the "deteriorating" law and order situation.
“The entire state has turned into a jungle raj. People are
feeling insecure...crime graph has shot up. We wanted to raise the issue in the
state Assembly, but the government is avoiding a debate on it,” senior BSP
leader Swami Prasad Maurya said.
BJP spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said the government made
tall promises of security to women, but has failed to fulfill it.