Priyanka Gandhi was harassed by the police on her way to meet the family of a young woman who had been gang-raping a woman in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh. A policeman grabs the kurta he is wearing; Such pictures were captured on the cameras of journalists. Hindustan Times reported that the policeman who allegedly harassed Priyanka was a male. The party has demanded the resignation of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over the incident. Police have not yet commented on the matter.
On 14 September, a Dalit girl was subjected to horrific physical abuse, including the gang rape of four upper caste men in Hathras. The 20-year-old man died on September 29 in a Delhi hospital. The family alleged that the police was late in taking action against the accused as they were Dalits. It is alleged that the dead body was taken forcibly by his relatives and cremated at midnight. The whole of India has been shaken by this incident.
On Thursday, police detained Congress leaders including Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi for trying to visit Hathras. An FIR was also lodged against Rahul and Priyanka at that time. On Saturday, Priyanka again left for Hathras to meet the victim’s family. Even today the UP Police was ready. The Hindustan Times reports that the Uttar Pradesh Police has converted the Delhi-Noida flyover on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border into a fortress of sorts to stop the Congress delegation. Several security personnel were deployed.
Rahul and Priyanka were arrested as soon as they reached the border. The distance of Hathras from there is about 180 kilometers.
At that time, Congress leaders and workers went on a scuffle with the police. The party also alleged that the police lathi-charged them. Meanwhile, a photo captured on camera shows a policeman pulling Priyanka’s dress close to her shoulder. India’s traditional political party Congress has expressed its displeasure over this.
Party spokesman Randeep Surjewala said that nothing could be more embarrassing and sad than this. And for BJP government and such hooliganism [যোগী] Adityanath should be drowned. What improvements have you made by raising a hand against Priyanka Gandhi with a male police officer? Do not hide behind the police like a coward. He came forward and resigned for his misdeeds, ”he said.