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UP polls: Lawyer in Nirbhaya and Hathras cases joins BSP

Senior Supreme Court Advocate Seema Kushwaha said she joined the BSP because she is inspired by the ideals and policies of prominent Dalit personalities as well as Mayawati.

ThroughHV correspondentLucknow

Ahead of UP polls, Seema Kushwaha, a veteran Supreme Court lawyer who fought for justice for victims in the 2012 Nirbhaya and 2020 Hathras gang rape and murder cases, joined the party. Bahujan Samaj (BSP) in Lucknow on Thursday.

BSP National General Secretary Satish Chandra Mishra was present on the occasion. Later, Seema Kushwaha met BSP Chief Mayawati at his residence in the state capital.

Senior Supreme Court Advocate Seema Kushwaha said she joined the BSP because she was inspired by the ideals and policies of prominent Dalit personalities as well as Mayawati.

She said she would continue to fight for justice for the weakest sections of society.

“The leader of the BSP fights for the rights of Dalits, the underprivileged and backward classes. During her four terms as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, she had worked for the development of the state and the welfare of the weaker sections,” Seema Kushwaha said.

“When Mayawati was in power, law and order in Uttar Pradesh was good. The lives and property of ordinary people were protected in the state. During his tenure, the state witnessed a reduction in crime. We will work to make Mayawati the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh for the fifth term to ensure the rule of law is restored in UP and girls and women feel safe,” Kushwaha said .

Kushwaha is also the founder of the Nirbhaya Jyoti Trust and started a campaign to ensure justice for rape victims.

The Nirbhaya rape case rocked the country in 2012 when a 23-year-old paramedic student, called Nirbhaya, was brutally raped and assaulted by six men on a moving bus in Delhi in December 2012 and thrown onto the road. She succumbed to her injuries in a Singapore hospital on December 29, 2012. It took more than seven years to bring justice to the victim. The four convicts in the Nirbhaya case were hanged to death in Delhi’s Tihar Jail on March 20, 2020, after a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court rejected the convicts’ lawyer’s final plea.

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