A case of rape and murder has been filed after two minor sisters were found hanging from a tree in Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday. The girls belonging from a Dalit family were allegedly kidnapped by a men on motorcycles, said their mother.
A large police forces have been deployed around the area and the bodies of the two girls were sent for postmortem.
“The site is being inspected by senior officers of the district. On information, the Nighasan police reached the spot immediately and action is being taken to send the dead bodies for post-mortem examination as per rules. Legal action will be taken based on the investigation of the case,” said the local police in its initial statement.
“The girls were found hanging by their own dupattas. There were no apparent injuries on body,” said Inspector General of Police, Laxmi Singh from Lucknow Range.
The police also said that a FIR will also be registered on account of the girls’ parents.
Criticising the Uttar Pradesh government, Samajwadi party led by Akhilesh Yadav slammed Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over poor women security in the state.
“In Yogi government, goons are harassing mothers and sisters every day, very shameful. The government should get the matter investigated, the culprits should get the harshest punishment,” said the Samajwadi party in a tweet.
Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also criticised the ruling BJP government in UP.
“The incident of murder of two sisters in Lakhimpur (UP) is heart-wrenching. The relatives say that those girls were abducted in broad daylight. Giving false advertisements in newspapers and TV every day does not improve law and order. After all, why are heinous crimes against women increasing in UP?” she mentioned in her tweet.
Sharing images of the protest that erupted following the horrific incident in a broad daylight, Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav said the girls’ father told that the postmortem was being conducted without their consent.
“After the abduction and murder of two Dalit sisters in the Nighasan police station area, their father’s serious allegation against the police that their post-mortem was done without Panchnama and consent.
After farmers in Lakhimpur, the killing of Dalits is now a heinous repetition of the ‘Hathras ki Beti’ massacre,” he tweeted.
The incident has reminded the public of 2014 case, in which two cousins in Badaun of UP were raped and hanged alive.
This heinous crime has ignited a debate on safety for women in India and a worldwide outrage against the incident.