Calling the Bulandshahr brutal gangrape incident a disgrace to society, Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma on 31 July sought answers from the Samajwadi Party led-Uttar Pradesh government over the deteriorating law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh.
"The incident is heart wrenching and also issues alert about the state of our society. I think the people of Uttar Pradesh as well as the state government will have to answer as to where the state is heading," Sharma told ANI.
"This incident shows there is no law and order in the state. The Samajwadi Party (SP)-led state government is answerable as to where they are taking the law and order situation in the state," he added.
At least 15 suspects have been detained in connection with the brutal gang-rape incident of a woman and her daughter, Vaibhav Krishna, Senior Superintendent of Police, Bulandshahr, confirmed.
The incident took place on Friday night when a 35-year-old woman and her 14-year-old daughter were allegedly gang-raped by a group of robbers in Bulandshahr district.
The victims were on their way from Noida to Shahjahanpur with the other family members when their vehicle was stopped near a cycle repairing shop in Dostpur village on NH-9, which connects Noida and Bulandshahr.
According to one of the relatives of the victims, a group of six to eight men dragged the mother-daughter duo from the vehicle and took them to the nearby field and allegedly raped them.
The culprits also snatched money and jewellery from the possession of the victims and fled the scene of crime.