On Sunday, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav attacked Yogi Adityanath Sarkar for protecting women in Uttar Pradesh, citing an incident in Jhansi where two sisters were poisoned after being harassed by police for alleged sexual harassment. Police, however, denied Yadav’s claim that the two sisters had been sexually harassed, and said they had eaten poison, accusing police of inaction in harassing their neighbors over a dispute over watering a house under construction.
“It is unfortunate that two sisters who were sexually harassed in Jhansi have lost their hope and got poisoned by the police. All criminals and officials involved and those who patronize them must face an impartial investigation. The safety of sisters and daughters should be the first indicator of law and order, ”Akhilesh Yadav said in a tweet in Hindi.
In response to Yadav’s allegations, Jhansi police claimed in a tweet that the allegations of sexual harassment of the two girls were false and that they had a quarrel with a neighbor woman and her son Rahul over watering a house under construction. After the incident of poisoning of girls came to light, the police acted on the matter and registered an FIR against the mother-son duo, Jhansi police said on its Twitter handle.
Police have also formed a team to arrest the accused, they said. Jhansi police said it had immediately dismissed police station in-charge JP Yadav for failing to take appropriate action on the girls’ allegations and directed a departmental inquiry against him.
Doctors said the girl’s condition was normal.
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