Peepli Live: MLAs camp at rape victim's hou , CNN-IBN
Banda: Two days after the Dalit minor allegedly raped by a BSP MLA was released, she found herself in the middle of a political tug of war.
BJP, Congress and Samajwadi Party MLAs camp outside the Banda rape victim's house to guard her, in a bid to score points against the ruling BSP.
It's Banda's Peepli Live moment - a sleepy moffusil town - thrust into the limelight because of the 17-year-old Dalit girl allegedly raped by a BSP MLA.
Sent to jail on fabricated theft charges and finally released after 30 days of sustained media pressure, the minor finds herself in the middlle of a never ending political circus.
"I refuse to go to jail. I refuse to leave. I don't want to go anywhere, whatever be the case," she said.
Adding insult to injury - the Samajwadi party has stationed two MLAs outside the girl's house to ensure she doesn't change her statement against the BSP MLA.
The BSP government in turn has deputed 160 cops to keep an eye on them - and the BJP is making a guest appearance via Smriti Irani.
"I'm shocked that inspite of the national media being here the victim feels threatened. I'm shocked that the police that is supposed to stand behind you is part of the system that victimizes you," she said.
Caught in the middle of all this politicking - the girl and her family want to leave their hamlet and move away. But a deeply embarrassed Mayawati government isn't allowing it.
A year to go for the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh no one wants to take a chance, even if it's at the cost of the victims dignity.