Consoling Gangrape Victim takes Interesting Turn in AP, Naidu Issued Notice

The consoling of gangrape victim in the Government General Hospital (GGH) here has taken an interesting turn as the Andhra Pradesh Women’s Commission (APWC) issued notices to former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and former TDP MLA Bonda Umamaheshwara Rao for picking up an argument with its Chairman Vasireddy Padma in the GGH. A 23-year-old mentally retarded woman was gangraped in a storeroom in GGH by three persons for about 30 hours three days ago. Naidu, also the TDP National President, Umamaheshwara Rao, along with other leaders went to the GGH on Friday to console the rape victim where he had announced Rs. 5 lakh financial help. At the same time, APWC Chairperson Vasireddy Padma also went to the GGH to console the rape victim. Heated arguments took place between Chandrababu Naidu, Bonda Umamaheshwara Rao and Vasireddy Padma in the GGH yesterday. Addressing a media conference in Mangalagiri near here on Saturday, Vasireddy Padma alleged that Chandrababu Naidu spoke to her in a threatening manner in the GGH. The former Chief Minister politicised the gang rape issue for political mileage. She questioned the TDP National President why he went to the GGH along with hundreds of TDP activists to console a rape victim. The TDP activists led by Naidu created a confrontational situation in the GGH and the rape victim scared at seeing the arguments and shouting in the ward. Padma claimed that the rape victim finally wanted to speak to her personally. “The APWC has issued notices to Chandrababu Naidu and Bonda Umameshwara Rao asking them to attend before the APWC on April 27. They should attend before the APWC and given explanations on their excessive behaviour and arguing with her in a threatening manner’, she said. “We understood that Chandrababu Naidu did not know how to console a rape victim. He went to the GGH with a large number of followers and leaders as if he was going to war and should know how to infuse confidence to a rape victim who was hurt mentally and physically”, Padma said. Meanwhile, refuting the APWC Chairperson’s allegations, former MLA Bonda Umamaheswara Rao said that Vasireddy Padma came to the GGH only after she got information that Chandrababu Naidu was going to console the rape victim. He questioned Vasireddy Padma why she hesitated for three days to console the gang rape victim who was undergoing treatment in the GGH. The TDP ex-MLA slammed that she was misusing powers. Padma is using the APWC powers for political mileage. When we stood with the gang rape victim, we were issued notices by the APWC”, he charged. The TDP leader also pointed out that in the notices issued to them by the APWC, they were asked to attend before the APWC at 11 am on next Wednesday, but in the same notice in the last paragraph they were asked to attend on November 27 , 2022, which state that the notice itself telling how the APWC is working.p Yadav).”

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