Banda girl threatens to go on hunger strike

Banda, Jan 18 (PTI) The dalit girl, who was rapedallegedly by BSP MLA Purshottam Naresh Dwiwedi, todaythreatened to go on "hunger strike" to protest against herliteral "house arrest", but later withdrew it.

The girl this morning told reporters that she willobserve hunger strike, but later withdrew it after meeting awomen delegation of the Samajwadi Party.

The girl alleged that she is "literally under housearrest" and police did not allow any visitor to meet herwithout frisking and entering their names in a register.

"Along with justice and security I should be allowedto live with freedom as I am not used to live under guarding,"the 17-year-old girl said.

The victim said she wants to go to the city but policehas confined her to Shahbazpur village.

Meanwhile, her brother Shantu could not be located fortwo hours this morning and this also prompted her to observehunger strike. "My brother left me for two hours this morningafter which I announced to observe hunger strike, but he cameback later," she said.

A fact finding committee of SP led by MP Sushila Sarojmet the girl and inquired about the incident, besides offeringa financial assistance of Rs two lakhs to her.

Meanwhile, a man from Kanpur today proposed to marrythe rape victim. "Rajesh Shukla, a resident of Kalyanpur inKanpur and posted as class four employee in panchayati rajdepartment, reached Banda and proposed to marry the girl,"sources said.

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