A case has been registered against Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati and three other party leaders by expelled BJP leader Dayashankar Singh's family members for allegedly using foul language against them.
"My daughter, who is a minor, is in a state of shock after the incident. I have lodged an FIR against Mayawati and other party leaders and will fight a legal battle... "My husband is in politics, but we have no political connection. The manner in which BSP workers acted yesterday and the language used by them during protest was derogatory... I don't want to imagine the state of my 80-year-old mother-in-law," Singh's wife Swati told reporters, while adding that it was a question "about the integrity of women."
An FIR has been filed under sections 120b, 153A, 506, 509 of the Indian Penal Code, ANI reported.
Several BSP members were heard screaming slogans like "apni beti ko pesh karo (present your daughter)" against Singh's wife and daughter during protests in Lucknow after Singh compared the BSP chief to a prostitute. They also burnt effigies of Singh.
"Shouldn't Mayawati take action on her people for saying such things for my daughter? Rules that applied to my husband apply to BSP members as well," Swati said, adding that her daughter is traumatised and has refused to not only attend school but also step out of the house.
"Isn't it a crime when somebody in full public view asks for a minor girl," Swati was quoted by the Times of India as saying.
Meanwhile, Mayawati on Thursday claimed that she was "like a Devi (goddess)" for the downtrodden sections of the society while the Uttar Pradesh police have launched a manhunt to arrest Singh.
"To the backward classes, I am like a Devi (Goddess). They are angry," the BSP chief was quoted by the New Indian Express as saying.
BSP workers called off the agitation later after the state administration assured them that Singh would be arrested within 36 hours.