UP cannot be safe if ex-MP is held for molestation

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Akhilesh Yadav
Lucknow, March 18: Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj is right when she says "there is no need for debate on whether law and order is good or bad-there is absolutely no law and order in the state (Uttar Pradesh)."

And there could be no law and order if an ex-MP and senior leader of ruling Samajwadi Party Chandra Nath Singh is arrested on suspicion of molesting a co-passenger on board a train.

When the GRP arrested Singh, a former MP from Machlishahr, it was discovered that he was travelling on a wait-listed ticket. The girl charged him of being drunk and of sexually harassing her. The passengers in the train corroborated what the girl said, and testified to the police team.

Policemen who arrested Singh said the MP was so drunk at the time that he was unable to walk.

However, the politician escaped being put in teh lock up as the police admitted to the Shahjahanpur district hospital after the former MP complained of unease and breathlessness.

The ruling Samajwadi Party, however, refrained from commenting on the matter and said any action will be pronounced only after the probe report is produced.

Incidentally, today Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is holding a meeting on law and order in the state.

What Sushma feared

On Saturday, Sushma said "if at all there has to be a discussion, it should not be limited to whether there was any law and order in the state," quoted media reports reflecting increase in crime against women. Even If all these reports are ignored, the state government's reply to a question shows that a woman is raped every 13 hours in the state, said Sushma, adding that the official figure is 642 cases.

Addressing a moderate gathering comprising mainly the women workers at a programme organised by the party's 'mahila morcha', Sushma said, on one hand, the country has had a women President, prime minister, Speaker in Parliament, leader of opposition (referring to herself) and four other women representing major political parties-Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, BSP chief Mayawati, TMC chief and West Bengal chief minister Mamta Bannerjee and AIADMK chief and Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa-and on the other hand women are not safe in the country.

The situation is worse when it comes to Uttar Pradesh, as cases of physical intimidation against women have been on the rise, she said, adding that on March 11, some goons waylaid a girl in Moradabad. When she went to lodge an FIR, the cops tried to forced her to reach a compromise with the accused. But, unable to ensure action against the accused, the girl immolated herself and on Saturday died in a hospital in New Delhi.

"Before election, I had warned voters at a rally in Bahraich not vote for SP as law and order situation would go for a toss, but SP won by a huge majority. There was a ray of hope when a young CM Akhilesh Yadav came to power, but the situation has gone from bad to worse in his regime," she said.

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