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Self-immolation incident in front of the Supreme Court is deplorable: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Vice President Prof. Salim Engineer

Posted on 26 August 2021 by Admin_markaz


New Delhi, 26 Aug. 2021: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) Vice President Prof. Salim Engineer has expressed utter grief and concern over the self-immolation incident outside the Supreme Court of India.


In a press statement today, the JIH Vice President has called it a deplorable incident that happened in front of the apex court of the country. The horrific incident happened recently on August 16, in which a rape victim aged 24 years female and witness aged 27 years man allegedly self-immolated themselves in front of a gate of the court and later they died in the hospital. The woman, who was allegedly raped by Uttar Pradesh’s Ghazipur BSP MP Atul Rai,  was seeking justice since 2019 . The MP is currently in judicial custody in the rape case. The woman had alleged that five police officers were protecting the accused MP, who was continuously harassing the victim. In March, the woman had filed a plea in the Supreme Court, seeking transfer of her rape case for a fair trial from Allahabad to Delhi on grounds of threat to her life. But, in August, a local court in Varanasi issued a non-bailable warrant against her in a case of forgery based on a complaint filed by the accused MP’s brother.


Prof. Salim Engineer has maintained that the root cause of growing such anti-women incidents in the country is delay in rendering justice and escape of perpetrators from conviction. He said, “growing frustration with the judicial system is extremely worrying and dangerous.  The nexus of the police administration, politicians and criminals is disappointing for the country.” He called on the eminent and enlightened people, social organizations and workers of the country to come forward to stop such immoral incidents.


Prof. Salim Engineer has demanded a court-monitored CBI probe into the incident, for ensuring justice to the victim, posthumously. He also asked the government to give suitable compensation to family members of the victims as soon as possible.  “The government and the judiciary need to take appropriate steps to restore and maintain public confidence in the judicial system,” the JIH Vice President added.

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