Ex IAS officer claims UP govt detained him for trying to meet Badaun gangrape victim’s family

Meanwhile, there continues to be a lack of political outrage over the brutal gang-rape and murder at a temple in Uttar Pradesh 


“I wanted to go to Badaun alone and share my pain with the victim’s family, Uttar Pradesh police have detained me in Shahjahanpur and put them under house arrest. I am safe but currently in government captivity,” retired IAS officer Surya Pratap Singh’s message on his social media handle has demonstrated how the Uttar Pradesh government is reacting in the wake of the horrific gang rape and brutalisation of a 50-year-old woman allegedly in a temple

According to Suryap Singh, who is a suporter of the Dalit rights movements, and an associate of the social platform Tribal, he is being prevented from visiting the victim’s distraught family, by the state’s administration. Singh, who is now active online as a crusader for social causes says he has never seen a government behave like this. “How will law and order be disturbed by my going alone?” 



Meanwhile, according to a report in Times Now, the National Commission for Women (NCW) has taken cognisance of the crime and written to state Director General of Police (DGP) Hitesh C Awasthy seeking his intervention in the case. The report stated that NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma said that a member of the commission will go to the spot to “investigate the matter, and meet the family,” she added that the NCW will “follow this case closely” and “will make sure that justice will be delivered.”

However, there continues to be a lack of political outrage that such a brutal gang-rape and murder of a woman who had gone to offer prayers at a temple in Uttar Pradesh should have evoked. Horrific details of the victim’s brutalisation in the temple on Sunday, January 3 have emerged and shocked readers. While the case was registered by the police, under IPC sections 376-d (gang-rape) and 302 (murder) at the Ughaiti police station, the temple priest, a key suspect, according to news reports is yet to be arrested. The woman’s son had said that it was the temple priest, and two others who had come to the woman’s house with her body and left. The 50-year-old woman died of massive injuries sustained in the attack. Her post-mortem report confirmed rape, injury in the private parts, and fracture in the legs. 

Chief Minister Adityanath’s silence on this case is in direct contrast with the fanfare a few months ago when he had marked the first day of Navratri the nine-day Hindu festival celebrating the nine forms of the mother goddess Shakti or Durga, with launching ‘Mission Shakti’ that aims at “guaranteeing security & respect for every woman in the state.” The CM had then warned that there will be “zero tolerance in cases of crime against women, and those guilty will be dealt with an iron hand”. Police divisions across the state were busy amplifying the CM’s scheme, many functions were held and facilities such as help desks for women launched including women help-desks at all 1,535 police stations. None of that has slowed down crimes against women in the state.

And when someone like Surya Pratap Singh, a 1982 batch IAS officer, attempted to shed light on the issue, he claimed he was detained. This is not the first time the state has taken action against Singh for his online activism. Around five months ago, Singh was booked for allegedly posting ‘misinformation’ on social media relating to government efforts to deal with the Covid-19 situation. A case was registered with Hazratganj police station on a complaint filed by Subhash Singh, police outpost in charge, alleging that the former bureaucrat had posted some content, which is inaccurate and insulting to the government. Singh had questioned the government’s alleged “strategy of keeping the number of tests low to show the low occurrence of Covid-19.” He was then booked under various sections for disobeying government order, crime committed with intent to cause fear or alarm to the public, conducting public mischief, etc. Way back in 2015, as reported by Zee news then, Suryapratap Singh, who had been under scrutiny for his posts on social media and had  sought for Voluntary Retirement (VRS) from the IAS.



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