New Delhi: The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) lashed out at the Congress on Friday accusing it of adopting the “pick and choose” policy of condemning rape incidents and crime against women, referring to Congress's march protest on Thursday night at India Gate against the Unnao and Kathua rape cases.
“During the 1984 riots, violence against women took place, they were ill-treated. Rapes happened during that time. But there was no candle march for those incidents. There were many other cases like these including Nirbhaya, Nagaon. But no candle march took place then.Why? So, they (Congress) should stop this pick and choose policy. Women exploitation should be looked from just one perspective and condemned equally,” said BJP national spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi.
“You see their plan, first shout ‘minority, minority’, then ‘Dalit, Dalit’, and now ‘women, women’ and then try to somehow fix blame of state issues on the Centre. All this while ignoring the strict action being taken by state governments,” she added.
Lekhi also said that the BJP has not shied away from condemning the Kathua rape-murder cases. “A fair probe was done in the matter, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) was formed and six-seven people were arrested,” she said.
She also claimed that two MLAs who supported the Kathua accused at rallies in Jammu and Kashmir had been ‘misled’.
“They should not have protested. They should have ideally not commented until an investigation was conducted. The J&K police conducted a thorough investigation and have arrested the accused,” she added.
“Allow law to take its course before opening your mouth,” she said as she advised everyone to refrain from making statements on these sensitive issues.
On the Unnao rape case, Lekhi said, “The incident took place 10 months ago and the victim had not mentioned the name of the BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar when the police took the statement before the magistrate. It was later that the woman, in a letter to PM Narendra Modi and CM Adityanath, accused the MLA of rape and the investigations began.Currently, Sengar is being questioned by the CBI, but his brother Atul Singh was arrested for assaulting the victim’s father.”
Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi has questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi's silence on Kathua and Unnao rape cases and said that his 'silence' was unacceptable.
"Mr Prime Minister, your silence is unnacceptable. 1. What do YOU think about the growing violence against women and children? 2. Why are accused rapists and murderers protected by the state India is waiting,” he tweeted.