Asha Singh, the mother of deceased Girl who was raped In Unnao in 2017, is Congress candidate for next month’s assembly election in Uttar Pradesh. Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra released the the 19-year-old girl mother’s name as UP Poll candidate.
She has been fielded from Unnao’s Bangarmau. It is the same seat where Former BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar won as a BJP candidate in 2017. He was convicted and jailed for life for the girl’s rape.
“Our list sends a new message that if you have been a victim of harassment and torture, the Congress will support you,” said Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. She also added that forty per cent of the tickets have been reserved for women.
“Our aim is to strengthen our party and for our candidates to fight on people’s issues. We will not indulge in a negative campaign. Our campaign will be about development and the progress of Dalits and backwards,” she said.
In December last year, she released a six-point “woman’s manifesto” which included measures like providing smartphones to girls in Uttar Pradesh who have passed class 12th and electronic scooty to female graduate students.
“I’m hoping that this women’s manifesto will put pressure on other political parties to address similar issues. We want to start releasing a women-specific manifesto so that women can make their own decisions,” she said.
More about Unnao Rape case
The Unnao rape case refers to the gang rape of a 17-year-old girl in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, India. The incident took place on 4 June 2017. On 16 December 2019, Senger was convicted and jailed for life for the crime. He was also fined ₹25 lakh. In March 2020, he was also found “guilty of culpable homicide and criminal conspiracy in her father’s death”.
The case came into limelight when the survivor had attempted suicide outside the residence of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath after her 55-year-old father was thrashed allegedly by Sengar’s brother. He succumbed to the injuries.