Vol. XLII No. 15 April 15, 2018

AILU Demands Justice in Unnao Rape Case

THE All India Lawyers Union, in a statement  issued on April 10, has expressed shock and dismay at the incident of a girl accusing a sitting BJP MLA from Bangarmau in Uttar Pradesh and attempting suicide infront of chief minister Yogi Adityanath's residence. More shocking is the silence of the chief minister on the incident and the custodial torture and resultant death of the father of the girl suggesting involvement of the brother of the MLA. The police of concerned police station is complicit. The police taking the thumb impression of the victim of torture in involuntary condition, is a criminal act of the men in uniform.

All India Lawyers Union demands immediate arrest of the policemen on duty at the police station at the time of this heinous crime under relevant sections of the IPC. 

It further demands the arrest of Kuldeep Sengar, the MLA involved in the rape case along with his brother who is named by the victim for murder of her father. It is also necessary to give protection to the victim and the family to ward off any undue pressure on the victim and her family. Should it not happen, the tall claims of the chief minister shall stand exposed and the slogan of the prime minister – Beti Bachao Beti Padao – will only be a hollow one.

AILU calls upon its units all over the country to undertake a campaign exposing the UP government and the Modi government at the centre for protecting criminals and for destroying the rule of law in the country.

AILU also condemns the acts of a section of lawyers of Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir for obstructing the filing of chargesheet in the court against the accused of rape of a minor girl. Lawyers are the officers of the court and are supposed to uphold the rule of law and not to obstruct it.

It is of the firm opinion that rule of law is a first pre-requisite for the survival of democracy. All India Lawyers Union demands immediate action against the lawyers who obstructed the filing of chargesheet in the court at Kathua. The Bar Council of India should take immediate action against erring lawyers.