Following the series of rapes and murders, among other prevailant criminal activities in Uttar Pradesh, people have started to voice their concerns. Twitter has become a medium for this, as #LawlessUP has been trending for at least two days now. The situation in the state has worsened over a period of time and the Akhilesh Yadav-led government doesn’t seem to have any answers. Though suspensions have been handed over by the government, it has hardly made any difference to the lives of people or their opinions about the state. The state, which has been known be criminally active has been termed completely lawless and an unsafe place to live in by the masses. After the most recent case of gang rape in Bulandshahr, the public is seen to be in a feat of rage. And statements of prominent political leaders about rapes in the past only goes to show the carelessness that these cases have been dealt with.
According to the latest report submitted by UP Police, it has been admitted that rapes have gone up by more than 50% in 2013. Most of these victims have been minors. Women and children have been raped on gunpoint, people have been thrown out of their cars and looted and murders have occured for a prolonged period of time and though the government has claimed to have taken strict steps, the results have been abysmal.
— UTKARSH KUMAR SHAHI (@ukshahi) August 1, 2016
— Naina Vande Mataram (@NaIna0806) August 1, 2016
On Friday, a family travelling on the Delhi-Kanpur National Highway 91 was taken out of the car and the woman and the 14-year old daughter were raped by several men on gun point whose, the husband bas beaten up. This incident has acted as a catalyst in what was already a delayed reaction by the public. Though 15 suspects have been detained and questioned, it doesn’t help the fact that such incidents have been quite common and the government has provided no help or ideas about how to stop them from occuring. Earlier this month, two men were arrested for raping a minor and posting the video on social networking sites. This Sunday, a 14-year-old was allegedly gangraped by three in Khedikurmu village in Shamli district, the police report suggests. Last week a dalit couple were hacked to death over a matter of Rs 15.
Such incidents have occured on daily basis and continue to to do so despite the promised made by the state government. The twitterattis have questioned the role of the government and the police in such in preventing such incidents.
Other political parties have alleged that “Gunda Raj” is still in play in the state and such lawlessness only goes to prove their point further. The BJP has criticised the government for laying down highways without the caring about the required measures of safety of the commuters, while BSP said that such crimes indicate a law and order system that has been deteriorating over quite some time now.