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Attack on Minor in Ujjain Was More Brutal Than That Faced by Nirbhaya Case Victim, Says Surjewala

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Last Updated: September 29, 2023, 17:01 IST

Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala. (File photo/PTI)

Police in Ujjain city on Thursday arrested Bharat Soni, an autorickshaw driver, for allegedly raping the girl who had been found wandering on the city streets in an injured condition three days ago

Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala on Friday continued to target the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh over the rape of a 12-year-old girl in Ujjain and claimed that the attack on the Dalit minor was more brutal than that on the Nirbhaya case victim.

Surjewala visited the state-run Maharaja Tukojirao Holkar Women’s Hospital in Indore, where the victim has been undergoing treatment for the last three days and underwent a complicated surgery.

Police in Ujjain city on Thursday arrested Bharat Soni, an autorickshaw driver, for allegedly raping the girl who had been found wandering on the city streets in an injured condition three days ago.

Speaking to reporters, the Congress general secretary alleged that as per the state government’s direction, he was not allowed to meet the girl at the hospital, and he enquired about her well-being with the doctors treating her.

Doctors have performed a surgery on the girl, but it will probably take a month for her stitches to be removed, he said.

“From this, you can understand that this girl from a Dalit family in Satna has been tortured more than the woman in the Nirbhaya case of Delhi and her private parts have suffered serious injuries due to the heinous crime,” Surjewala said.

As part of a conspiracy to cover up the case, the state government kept saying that the victim was a beggar from Uttar Pradesh. But it has now come to light that she is a student of a school and belongs to a Dalit family living in Satna, he claimed.

“Doctors have informed me that whenever the girl regains consciousness, she asks for her school uniform,” the Congress leader said, claiming that she was brought to Ujjain from Satna and raped.

He further accused Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan of maintaining a “mysterious and conspiratorial” silence on the matter.

“Chouhan did not visit the hospital even once to enquire about the well-being of the rape victim. Why is the chief minister missing and silent on the matter?” he asked.

Hitting out at the BJP government in the state, Surjewala said, “The truth is that Dalits and tribals in the state are no longer considered as human beings. Maximum atrocities on people from these communities have taken place under the BJP rule.” Madhya Pradesh Congress president Kamal Nath has decided to provide financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh to the victim’s family and the party is also ready to provide free treatment to the girl at a major hospital in the National Capital Region (NCR), he added.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)



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Consitution Copy In Hand, Rahul Gandhi Takes Oath As Lok Sabha MP, Chants ‘Jai Hind, Jai Samvidhan’ | Watch

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To protect the Constitution is the duty of every patriotic Indian, Rahul Gandhi said in an X post. (Image/X)

The Congress leader held up a copy of the Constitution while taking the oath and chanted ‘Jai Hind, Jai Samvidhan’ during conclusion

Congress MP from Wayanad in Kerala, Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday took oath as a member of the 18th Lok Sabha on Tuesday. The Congress leader held up a copy of the Constitution while taking the oath and chanted ‘Jai Hind, Jai Samvidhan’ during the conclusion.

“To protect the Constitution is the duty of every patriotic Indian. We will fulfil this duty in full measure,” Gandhi wrote in an X post.

The proceedings for the second day of the 18th Lok Sabha session began on Tuesday. Earlier in the day, AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi sparked a controversy by chanting ‘Jai Palestine’ slogan as he concluded his oath as an MP on the second day of the 18th Lok Sabha session.



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‘Simply Not For Me’: Bhaichung Bhutia, Former Indian National Football Team Skipper, Quits Electoral Politics

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Bhaichung Bhutia, footballer-turned-politician, said he is quitting electoral politics in a statement released on June 25. (Image: PTI File)

Bhutia said the realisation that electoral politics was not for him dawned on him after the 2024 Sikkim legislative elections.

Bhaichung Bhutia, former skipper of the Indian national football team and politician of the Sikkim Democratic Front, announced on Tuesday that he is quitting electoral politics. He released a statement congratulating chief minister Prem Singh Tamang and his party, the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM), for their victory in the 2024 Sikkim Assembly Election.

“After the 2024 election results, I have had the realisation that electoral politics is simply not for me. I am therefore quitting all forms of electoral politics with immediate effect,” Bhutia said.

“I now wish to devote more time to introspect, work towards my other goals and discover my purpose anew,” the former Indian football team skipper.

He exuded hope that the state government will keep its promises made to the people and take the state to greater heights. In his statement, he said that he realised electoral politics was not for him after the election results and said he regretted not being able to implement his ideas for developing sports and tourism in Sikkim.

In June, Bhaichung Bhutia faced a setback in his political career, losing the Barfung Assembly constituency in Namchi district to Rikshal Dorjee Bhutia of the ruling Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) by 4,346 votes.

“My only regret is that I felt I had great ideas with regard to development of sports and tourism which, given a chance, I would have loved to implement and thus contribute to the growth of the state in a very honest and sincere way,” he further added.

Quoting Lord Buddha, he said that his intentions in politics were always good. He thanked his supporters and apologised to anyone he may have hurt.

“I wish to thank everyone who supported me through thick and thin. I am also sincerely sorry if I hurt anyone unknowingly or knowingly. As we say in football, please take it in the spirit of the game,” the press release said.



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Who Is K Suresh? INDIA Bloc’s Pick Files Nomination For Lok Sabha Speaker Post

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Kodikunnil Suresh, 62, is an eight-term MP and the most senior Lok Sabha member. (PTI file)

The election for the Lok Sabha Speaker post, scheduled for June 26, will be unprecedented since the speaker of the lower house has always been elected unopposed

Congress leader K Suresh on Tuesday filed nomination for the post of Lok Sabha Speaker, challenging NDA pick Om Birla. The proceedings for the second day of the 18th Lok Sabha session began on Tuesday. Om Birla filed nomination for the Lok Sabha speaker post on Tuesday in the presence of top NDA leaders.

The election for the Lok Sabha Speaker post, scheduled for June 26, will be unprecedented since the speaker of the lower house has always been elected unopposed.

Who Is K Suresh?

Kodikunnil Suresh, 62, is an eight-term MP and the most senior Lok Sabha member. He is also the working president of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee and the Chief Whip of the Congress Parliamentary Party in Lok Sabha.

He currently represents Mavelikara Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala.

K Suresh was first elected to Lok Sabha in 1989. He went on to win in the 1991,1996 and 1999 Lok Sabha elections from Adoor.



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