Yogi Adityanath ‘saddened’ by Unnao rape victim’s death, promises ‘fast-track’ hearing of case


Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has termed the death of the Unnao gang-rape victim ‘unfortunate’ adding that the case will be fast-tracked.

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A statement by the Uttar Pradesh government said that Adityanath was ‘saddened’ by the death of Unnao’s 23-year-old victim and he expressed his condolences to her family. “Police have arrested all accused and the case will be heard in a fast-track court to ensure strict punishment for criminals,” the statement read.

The Unnao gang-rape victim was burnt on Thursday morning when she was on her way to catch a train to attend the hearing in her gang-rape case. The accused have been identified as Shivam Dwivedi, Hari Shankar Trivedi, Raj Kishore, Shubham Trivedi and Umesh Vajpayee.

The victim was transferred to a hospital in Lucknow before being air-lifted to Delhi’s Safdarjung hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries on Friday night.

The brother of the victim told reporters that his sister wanted to live and see all the accused dead. Her father told a TV channel that all the accused should receive the same fate as those involved in the gang-rape and burning of a veterinary doctor in Hyderabad. The Telangana Police had gunned down all four accused in the gang-rape and murder of the 26-year-old doctor in an encounter after they allegedly tried to escape from the murder scene.