Police in India have arrested two key leaders of the opposition Congress party Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi, who were on their way to visit the family of a Dalit gang-rape victim.
According to Reports, UP police arrested them while the two leaders were on their way to a northern village to meet the family of a girl killed in a gang-rape and torture.
It may be recalled that a 19-year-old girl belonging to the Dalit community was gang-raped last month, after which protests and demonstrations have been going on across India.
The two-party leaders were detained for violating a ban on the presence of four or more people in the area, police officer Manoj Dixit said.
Police stopped the Congress party convoy from going to the respective village after which the party leaders got out of their vehicle and started walking towards the village but the police stopped them again.
Dozens of Congress party workers and police clashed on the occasion while the policeman also used batons to disperse the party workers.
Footage broadcast on local media showed that some party workers were injured and Rahul Gandhi slipped and fell on the ground but the police took him away.
— Supriya Bhardwaj (@Supriya23bh) October 1, 2020
Later the two leaders were sent back to Delhi.
It may be recalled that a 19-year-old girl belonging to the Dalit community was allegedly gang-raped by four persons on September 14 in Hathras district.
The victim’s family had told local media that the girl was found naked in a field outside the house, covered in blood and paralyzed due to a broken spinal cord.
However, the girl died at a Delhi hospital on Tuesday.
Four upper-caste men were arrested, police said.
India’s 200 million Dalits have long suffered discrimination and abuse, and campaigners say attacks on members of the community have increased during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
According to the latest figures released by the National Crime Records Bureau on Tuesday, an average of 87 cases were reported per day last year, but a large number are not reported.
The bureau reports a more than 7% increase in crimes against women in 2019 compared to last year.
Later, Rahul Gandhi while sharing the video said that how long Modi government will suppress the voice of the poor-Dalit-Adivasi.
“How long will you hide the truth How many more daughters will be secretly burnt? You will not be able to stop the voice of the country now!” He added
ग़रीब-दलित-आदिवासी की आवाज़ दबाओगे,
सच कब तक छुपाओगे,
और कितनी बेटियाँ चुपके-से जलाओगे?
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) October 1, 2020