Constant threats have forced the parents of the cousins raped and killed in Badaun last month to have second thoughts about staying in their village.
Strangers enter their house every day and threaten them with dire consequences if they do not withdraw the cases against the three ‘bahubali’ Yadav brothers and two policemen arrested in connection with the case, the two families allege, adding that they are thinking of shifting base to New Delhi.
The two victims were abducted, gang-raped and hanged from a tree by the accused – Avadhesh, Urmesh and Pappu Yadav – on the night of May 27. Chhatrapal and Sarvesh Yadav, two policemen on duty at the Katra Sadatganj police outpost that day, allegedly knew about the happenings. But they misbehaved with the fathers of the victims and made no effort to stop the perpetrators from continuing their crime.
“Despite the police security, we are receiving threat calls every day. Strangers barge into our house and terrorise us. They want us to withdraw the cases. They say we will be killed if we don’t,” the father of one of the victims said.
“We will leave the village for good if the Uttar Pradesh government doesn’t come to our rescue,” he added. “It is very difficult to survive in a village where most of the people fear the Yadav brothers. We don’t trust the policemen deployed for our security,” claimed the second victim’s father.