Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and party leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra hit out at the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh on Monday, alleging that incidents of caste violence and crimes against women are on a rise in the state.
Attacking the Yogi Adityanath government over the killing of a village head in Azamgarh's Basgaon, Rahul Gandhi alleged in a tweet in Hindi: "In UP, the law of Jungle (Jungleraj) of caste violence, rapes has reached a peak."
"Now another terrible incident -- Sarpanch Satyamev, a Dalit, said ''No'' due to which he was killed. Condolences to the family of Satyamev Ji," he said in a tweet.
The Uttar Pradesh police has invoked the stringent National Security Act against four people in connection with the village head's killing, which had triggered a mob violence.
Satyamev (42), the head of Basgaon village in the Tarwan area of Azamgarh district, was shot dead last week.
In a Facebook post in Hindi, Priyanka Gandhi also hit out at the Uttar Pradesh government over the issue of security of women.
"Bulandshahr, Hapur, Lakhimpur Kheri and now Gorakhpur. Such repeated incidents have proven that the Uttar Pradesh government has completely failed in providing security to women," the Congress general secretary said, referring to reports of crimes against women in these areas.
There is no fear of law in the minds of criminals in Uttar Pradesh, she said, adding that "as a result, gruesome incidents of crime are taking place against women".
The police and administration are neither able to provide security nor take appropriate action, Priyanka Gandhi alleged.
"The Uttar Pradesh government should review the law-and-order system and take every step to ensure the safety of women," she said.
The Congress has been alleging that the law-and-order situation is deteriorating in Uttar Pradesh under the BJP rule, a charge denied by the state government.