There have been 19,675 cases of rapes of minors in 2016, PM Modi must fast track the cases and punish the guilty.
Is PM Modi serious about the sexual assault of minor’s cases?
New Delhi: Amid public outrage over the Kathua and Unnao rape cases, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to fast-track cases of rapes of minors and punish the guilty if he was serious about providing justice to the country’s daughters.
Gandhi pointed out that there were as many as 19,675 cases of rapes of minor children in 2016, terming them as “shameful”.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over increasing incidents of violence and sexual assault of minors. Citing that there have been 19,675 cases of rapes of minors in 2016, the Congress chief said that PM Modi must fast-track the cases and punish the guilty.
He tweeted, “There were 19,675 rapes of minor children reported in 2016. This is shameful. PM should fast-track these cases and punish the guilty if he is serious about providing “justice for our daughters.”
Last week as well, Rahul Gandhi had targeted PM Modi saying his silence over growing violence against women and children was unacceptable. Taking to Twitter, he had asked as to why accused rapists and murderers are protected by the state, in an apparent reference to Unnao rape case where the accused is Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar.
The Congress chief had on Thursday last held a midnight candlelight march at India Gate in the national capital against the Kathua and Unnao rape cases, which have triggered a country-wide outrage.
Rahul’s sister Priyanka, husband Robert Vadra, Congress leaders and cadres, and others, carried out a march against the BJP-led Centre demanding urgent action against the perpetrators of the two incidents.
On Sunday as well, the Congress party held a candlelight march at Juhu Beach area in Mumbai, attacking the central government over the two rape cases. Leading the protest, Congress Mumbai unit chief Sanjay Nirupam had said that acting against these horrific crimes was “not the choice but the moral responsibility” of the government.
Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Nirupam said the PM had been silent on the two incidents for the “longest time” and he now needed to spell out clearly to the nation what he intended to do to ensure that justice was done in both cases.
In Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir, an eight-year-old girl from a minority nomadic community disappeared near her house on January 10. A week later, her body was found in the same area.
A Special Investigation Team, formed to probe the incident, has arrested eight people, including two special police officers (SPOs) and a head constable, who was charged with destroying evidence.
In Unnao in Uttar Pradesh, a teen alleged that she was raped by ruling BJP legislator Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who was later held by police. She alleged she was raped by the MLA at his residence on June 4, 2017, where she had gone with a relative seeking a job.
Rahul on three-day visit to Amethi, Raebareli amid Smriti Irani’s ‘development’ jibe
Congress President Rahul Gandhi will embark on a three-day visit to his constituency of Amethi from today. Gandhi, who is on his second visit to Amethi after taking over the reins as the party head, will spend the first two days in Amethi and the last day in Raebareli, Congress sources said. During his visit from April 16 to April 18, Rahul will meet farmers in his constituency, hold kisan chaupal, and interact with locals. It is reported that Rahul would hold a kisan chaupal at Jainabganj Mandi of Bajar Shukl area in Amethi. He will also inaugurate a passport seva kendra, a road project and a private school. Thauri-Kotava Road built under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna will be launched by him. Gandhi will also lay the foundations of some development projects.
This visit of Rahul Gandhi comes at the backdrop of Union Minister Smriti Irani’s statement on April 14 that the Gandhi family ignored Amethi for five decades and the development have been done in the four years of Modi government. She targeted Congress for the lack of development in Amethi. On Rahul Gandhi’s Amethi visit today, Irani said she had fulfilled her promise to Amethi’s people that they’d see more of the Gandhi scion due to her. Smriti had said in 2014 that Rahul Gandhi will be seen more because of her and she said she was happy to have proven the same. Irani had unsuccessfully fought the last Lok Sabha poll against Rahul Gandhi but claimed to have maintained her links with the constituency ever since.
Meanwhile, Gandhi’s first trip to Amethi as Congress President was in January this year where he was given a grand welcome by the party workers along his way to the constituency. UP Congress president Raj Babbar and other leaders welcomed him at Lucknow’s Amausi Airport. During that visit, he claimed that time for change had come and Congress party was ready to shoulder the responsibility of India again.
He had also promised that he will revive the food park project soon after returning to power at the Centre. Rahul took the VIP road from Lucknow to reach Rae Bareli. While Amethi is represented by Gandhi in Parliament, his mother and former Congress president Sonia Gandhi is the MP from Raebareli.