“What is the guarantee nothing like this can happen to me?”
Police officials, including the Additional Superintendent of Police (North) RS Gautam, were at the Anand Bhawan school in Barabanki to speak at a ‘Balika Suraksha Jaagruktaa Abhiyaan’, a safety awareness campaign for girls.
During the session with students, Gautam said the girls should remain alert, and if they felt something wrong had happened to them, immediately call up the toll-free number.
Kidwai brought up the car crash involving the Unnao rape survivor and her relatives and said, “Everyone knows it was no accident. The truck number plate was painted black...It is one thing to protest when an ordinary person is involved, but what happen when the person is someone powerful?”
Kidwai asked, “If the person against whom we are complaining comes to know about it, and if we meet an accident, what will happen?”
“Will I get justice on registering a protest because we know a teen was raped by a BJP leader, and when she was fighting the legal battle, she met an accident. She is now battling for her life.”
On the police’s handling of the case, she said, “There was no action taken, and even if there was, nothing came of it. Now that girl is in hospital in a critical condition.”
Kidwai further asked: “Will we get justice? What is the guarantee that I will remain safe? What is the guarantee nothing like this could happen to me?”
The question was met with big rounds of applause by her fellow students in the audience.
The police answered it with a vague “all complainants to toll-free number would be provided help”, according to PTI.
On Sunday, the car in which the Unnao rape survivor, her family and lawyer were travelling was hit by an overspeeding truck in Rae Bareli, killing two members and leaving her and the advocate critically injured.
The CBI, which has taken over the investigation into Sunday’s truck-car collision, booked 10 people for murder, including BJP legislator Kuldeep Singh Sengar who is already in jail, charged with the rape of the Unnao woman when she was a minor in 2017.
The Uttar Pradesh Police on Monday filed a murder case against Sengar and nine others after the rape survivor’s family filed a complaint, alleging conspiracy behind the accident.