Rahul Gandhi slammed the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Uttar Pradesh with a hard-hitting tweet in which he drew attention to the alleged rape of a young woman by a BJP MLA.

Writing in Hindi, the Congress president also took a jibe at the Centre’s ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ campaign.

Beti bachao, khud mare jao (save your daughter, die yourself),” wrote Gandhi referring to the death of the father of the woman allegedly in police custody.

“A woman accuses a BJP MLA of rape. Instead of arresting the MLA, the police arrest the father of the woman. Immediately afterwards, the father dies in police custody,” wrote Gandhi.

“The accused BJP legislator is still roaming free,” the 47-year-old Congress chief wrote referring to the MLA from Bangermau, Kuldeep Singh Sengar.

 

Pappu Singh, the father of an 18-year-old woman, who alleged that she had been raped by Sengar and his brothers, died while in police custody in the early hours of Monday. He was rushed to a hospital from the district jail last night and died during treatment.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath summoned the MLA over the incident.

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Two police officers and four constables were suspended in connection with the custodial death. As per media reports, the police have also arrested four persons accused of beating the rape survivor’s father.

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District Magistrate Ravi Kumar NG said that the postmortem examination of the victim would be conducted by a panel of doctors to ascertain the cause of death. A probe had been ordered into the matter, added DM.

A PTI report said Pappu was arrested on 5 April under the Arms Act after he was allegedly beaten up by Anil Singh, the MLA’s brother.