- Unnao rape survivor met with an accident on Sunday in Rae Bareli
- Two of her family members died in the accident
- Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has slammed the BJP over the crash
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday invoked a central government campaign slogan to attack the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh, over a car crash involving a girl who had accused a BJP legislator of rape in 2017.
"Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao. A new special education bulletin for Indian women. Don't ask questions if a BJP MLA is accused of having raped you," he tweeted.
The girl met with an accident on Sunday in Rae Bareli, that left two of her family members dead. The teen and her lawyer are in hospital.
The survivor's mother has accused BJP legislator Kuldeep Sengar -- who is been in prison for a year over the alleged rape -- of having the accident staged.
His sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also questioned the state government, questioning its "audacity" to run a "fear-free" UP campaign.
"So a woman is allegedly raped by a BJP MLA. Her father is beaten up and dies in custody. A key witness dies mysteriously last year. Now her aunt who was also a witness is killed and her lawyer is critically injured in an accident caused by a truck with blackened number plates," Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tweeted.
"She herself lies grievously wounded in hospital from the same accident. The accused continues as a BJP legislator, and the BJP State Government has the audacity to run a 'fear-free Uttar Pradesh' campaign?" she added.
Does it have no moral duty towards its citizens anymore, or was that never on its agenda anyway?#Unnao— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) July 29, 2019
The family, residents of Unnao - around 45 km from state capital Lucknow - was on its way to the district jail in Rae Bareli yesterday to meet her uncle, who is serving a life term in a separate case. In the heavy rain, their car had a head-on collision with a truck.
It later turned out that the truck had its number plate scrubbed with black paint. The security detail that the girl was meant to have, was also not accompanying her.
The driver, helper and owner of the truck have been arrested and their call records are being probed, a senior police officer said. "Every angle is being investigated, but prima facie, it appears to be an accident," he said.
The police are also investigating why the security persons - provided to the girl after the rape -- did not accompany her. "Our information suggests the security wasn't with them today, it seems they refused it," said another police officer.
The matter created ripples in parliament, where the upper house, Rajya Sabha, was adjourned till noon following Opposition protests.