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Union ministers defend UP govt's response to Unnao rape case

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

ministers today sought to defend the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh, facing criticism over its response to the alleged gangrape of a minor girl in Unnao, saying it is committed to protecting women and ensuring that law takes its course.

from Bangarmau, Kuldeep Singh Sengar, was today booked by the on various charges under the IPC, including rape, kidnapping and criminal intimidation, in connection with the alleged rape of the 17-year-old girl.

The said it would hand the probe over to the

"... When we say Beti Bachao, we really mean that. We are here to safeguard the interests of our daughters and we are committed to their safety. As far as incident is concerned, the law of justice will prevail," told reporters.

Sharma said whosoever is found responsible for the incident, irrespective of his stature, will be punished.

Women and said action should be taken in every such case against women.

"This is distressing and justice will be done. The case has been given to and law will take its course," she said.

Backing the government, said the government is working day and night to maintain law and order in the state.

"The will bring to book all the culprits in the state," he said.

The government is facing strong criticism over its response to the case. Opposition political parties have hit out at the BJP government in the state.

Yesterday, wondered if would observe a fast on the alleged rape and death of the complainant's father in custody, which he said "has shamed humanity".

The case came into the limelight after the victim tried to immolate herself outside Yogi Adityanath's residence on Sunday alleging police inaction against BJP MLA Sengar.

Last night, an SIT probing the case handed over its report to the government after which it was decided that an FIR would be registered against the MLA and the case would be handed over to the

A purported video of the alleged rape survivor's father before his death has also gone viral and was aired by several TV channels. In the video, he has alleged that he was mercilessly beaten up, including with rifle butts, by the MLA's brother and others.

It also showed the victim's father - who died on Monday - with serious wounds on his back. The veracity of the video could not be ascertained.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 17:50 IST