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Unnao case paints chilling picture, says Amnesty; demands independent probe

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A global human rights body today said the Unnao gangrape case, allegedly involving a BJP MLA, and the subsequent death of the woman's father in judicial custody, painted a "chilling picture", and demanded an independent investigation.

International India's Programmes Asmita Basu, in a statement also urged the government to respond to the notices issued by the (NHRC) in this case and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.

The NHRC had yesterday sent a notice to the government and the seeking a detailed report on the custodial death of the 50-year-old man after his daughter had accused a BJP MLA and his aides of gangrape in Unnao, and asked the authorities to ensure "the aggrieved family is not subjected to further harassment".

Days after the 18-year-old woman accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, his brother and his aides of raping her, her father had died in custody on Monday.

Prior to her father's death, the woman had also tried to immolate herself outside the Minister Yogi Adityanath's house in

The death of her father in custody while seeking justice for his daughter, "suggests that the UP police have turned their backs on human rights," the India said.

The alleged failure of the police in registering an FIR against the MLA, the harassment faced by the woman and her family, and the death of her father in custody, "paint a chilling picture", the rights body said.

There must be an immediate, independent and impartial investigation into these alleged violations, and "authorities must take all steps to ensure that the survivor and her family are protected from any further harassment," the statement said.

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 21:20 IST