New Delhi: A group of 637 academics in India and abroad have penned an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying his statements on the "monstrous crimes" had been "wholly inadequate, platitudinous" and gave "non-specific assurances of justice" for the victims.
"We send you this letter... so that we are not guilty of silence; and so that callousness and cowardice might finally draw the line at the broken body of a little girl and the rape of a young woman", said the sharp letter.
The letter has been signed by more than 200 academics and scholars at universities in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia.
The letter by the academics is the second in a week addressed to PM Modi.
Holding PM Modi responsible for a "terrifying state of affairs" and expressing concern at the "decline in the secular, democratic, and liberal values", former bureaucrats and police officers had written to him.
In the letter, the academics expressed their "deep anger and anguish" at the efforts to protect the accused of the rapes in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua and Uttar Pradesh's Unnao, saying they were "profoundly distasteful" attempts at "rationalisation, deflection and diversion" by the BJP's spokespersons.
“We wish to express our deep anger and anguish over the events in Kathua and Unnao and the aftermath of these events; over the efforts of those administering the relevant states to protect the alleged perpetrators of these monstrous crimes; over the subsequent profoundly distasteful efforts of rationalization and the deflection and diversion that have been so much in evidence in the reactions of your party's spokespersons in the media,” the letter read.
“We have observed that there has been a prolonged silence on your part over the ‘terrible state of affairs' in the country and ‘an undeniable association of violence with the ruling dispensation',” it added.
“We send you this letter because it is our duty to do so; so that we are not guilty of silence; and so that callousness and cowardice might finally draw the line at the broken body of a little girl and the rape of a young woman,” the letter concluded.