National outrage over Kathua and Unnao rape cases forces BJP's hand

PM Narendra Modi

PM Narendra Modi

BJP national general secretary (Manipur in-charge) Prahlad Singh Patel who took part in the protest said that the washout of Parliament session by the Congress tantamount to throttling democracy.

So far, eight persons, including mastermind Sanji Ram, have been charged with abduction, rape and murder of the eight-year-old girl in Kathua's Rasana village in January.

A video clipping of the two relishing on sandwiches and chips went viral on social media and was broadcast by television channels, even as embarrassed state BJP leaders kept mum.

The BJP leader also accused the opposition of politicising the rape of girls in Kathua and Unnao.

"Is it a crime to get misled?" she asked, adding that the people get misled and this can happen with anyone.

Lekhi claimed that the woman counsel appearing for the Kathua rape victim was being pressurised not to appear in the case.

"The state government has taken action against the erring doctors as they have been suspended".

"On one hand, Salathiaji is demanding justice, while on the other hand, he has called to shut down the high court. They are not showing you the direction the country is going in", Shah said amid cheers from hundreds of party workers. "There are some people who want to politicise such incidents, but as a woman, I believe and it is my request that victim-shaming should not be done", she said.

"This pressure is being built by those who are heading the Bar Council and Bar Associations".

In the Unnao case, a 17-year-old girl has alleged she was raped by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar at his residence on June 4, 2017.

Questioning the silence of Modi, Singhvi said, "The prime minister, Uttar Pradesh chief minister (Yogi Adityanath) and Jammu and Kashmir chief minister (Mehbooba Mufti) have to speak the truth and the time has arrived for that".

The prime suspect in the case has also been charged with bribing local police officials, including a Sub-Inspector and a Head Constable, to destroy evidence.

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