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Congress Names 2017 UP Rape Victim’s Mother As Poll Candidate

The Congress has fielded the mother of 2017 Unnao rape victim as its candidate for next month’s assembly election in Uttar Pradesh. Asha Singh, the Unnao victim’s mother, was among those who were named in the list released by the party today.

“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, who had earlier released a women-centric “Ladki hoon, lad sakti hoon (I’m a girl and can fight)” campaign in Uttar Pradesh.

Forty per cent of the tickets have been reserved for women, Ms Gandhi, who is also the Congress General Secretary, said.

The Congress, which has been reduced to a virtual non-player in Uttar Pradesh, has been focusing on gender equality in view of the spiraling crimes against women in the state.  Some of these cases — including the gangrape of a Dalit woman in Hathras, and the case in Unnao — made headlines and provoked outrage across the country.




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