New Delhi (Agencies): Women activists on Monday are dumfounded expressing their shock over the attack on a Dalit minor whose ear was chopped off and fingers smashed after she resisted gangrape. They have categorically said that girls were not safe in Uttar Pradesh and the situation had gone frying pan to fire.

Girija Vyas, chairperson of the National Commission for Women (NCW), said: "Uttar Pradesh has the highest number of rape and adduction cases in the country and there is no justice delivered. There is police inaction and there have been instances when innocent victims land behind bars,” adding that “It is a bad situation and no case is being referred to fast track courts."

She further said that it is high time when UP CM Mayawati should take action against the accused in the Dalit girl case and try to do justice.

The teenaged Dalit girl was subjected to a brutal attack with a sharp-edged weapon on late Saturday where is nearly lost a ear while resisting a rape attempt by three youths of her village in Uttar Pradesh's Fatehpur district, police said on Sunday. One man has been arrested.

Ranjana Kumari, chairperson of the Centre for Social Research, said: "Girls are not safe in Uttar Pradesh. Just a week back we came to know that a 17-year-old Dalit girl was gangraped and murdered on the outskirts of Lucknow and now there is this case of another Dalit teenager attacked for resisting rape".

"I can't understand how Chief Minister Mayawati is keeping quiet on the whole matter? She is a Dalit leader herself and supposed to be the messiah of the community. We demand that an enquiry be done on the matter and the guilty punished immediately," she added.

Last week, family members of a murdered civil engineer blocked Chief Minister Mayawati's carcade in Aligarh demanding that she take action against a state minister accused in the case.