UP rape horrors: Mayawati slams Opposition for 'politicising' incidents

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UP rape horrors: Mayawati slams Opposition for 'politicising' incidents
Lucknow:  Under fire for a string of rape incidents in her state in the last two days, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati today hit out at the Opposition, blaming it for "politicising" the incidents.

The chief minister's response came following widespread condemnation by political parties after the state reported eight incidents of rape in the last forty-eight hours.

Addressing a press conference, Ms Mayawati said that tough action would be initiated against the culprits.

"I have called a meeting of top police officers on June 27...Officials shielding culprits will be dealt with in a harsh manner", she said.

Another incident of rape was reported from UP's Bagpat district today, the 8th in the last 48 hours.

The daughter of a CRPF jawan was raped by her friend's brother last evening.

The 17-year-old had gone to her neighbour's house for sewing classes.

The girl committed suicide this morning.

"In families which have characterless people, they should work towards inculcating good habits in them. My party will work towards this even the NGOs should work towards this," said Mayawati.



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