Banda rape: Krishna Tirath seeks central safety for victim

New Delhi, January, 14 : Fearing that the Banda rape victim may not get justice in her home state Uttar Pradesh, minister for women and child development (WCD) Krishna Tirath has written to the home ministry asking it to provide her protection, bring her to Delhi and keep her under its care till the end of the trial.
Tirath fears the victim could be pressurised to change her statement and withdraw the case as she is up against an influential BSP MLA.

Tirath has sent a team to Banda comprising members of National Commission of Women (NCW) and officials from her ministry to see how the victim could be brought to Delhi.

The minister is consulting lawyers to explore possibilities of approaching the appropriate court, preferably the Supreme Court, to get the trial transferred to Delhito ensure a fair trial and fearless deposition of the victim and witnesses.

She is also keen on a fast-track trial.

“The Banda rape case is sensitive. Unfortunately, UP is a goonda raj. The biggest disappointment is that the chief minister Mayawati is both a dalit and a woman and yet she is so indifferent. In such circumstances I am exploring the possibility of calling the victim to Delhi as she won’t be safe in UP. We fear that the UP government will try to dilute the case ad save the MLA. The victim may not get a fair trial or justice. Hence, we have to take her under our protection,” Tirath said.


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