Congress President Rahul Gandhi said that the huge number of rape cases in the country was shameful and urged the prime minister to fast-track such cases if he was serious about providing justice to the victims.
New Delhi: Taking on the NDA government for failing to keep a check on the rising cases of rapes of minors
, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to fast track
those cases if he is serious about giving justice to India’s daughters. Gandhi tweeted that in 2016, a
total of 19,675 rapes of minors were reported and called it shameful. “PM should fast track these cases
and punish the guilty if he is serious about providing ‘justice for our daughters’,” tweeted Gandhi.
In Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, an eight-year-old girl belonging to the Bakarwal tribe was
allegedly gangraped after the accused had held her in captivity in the village temple for a week in
January. In UP’s Unnao district, a 17-year-old girl was allegedly raped by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar
and her father was beaten by the politician’s brother before he died in police custody. Police inaction
and the silence or delayed response of political leaders, from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Jammu
and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Uttar Pradesh’s Yogi Adityanath, intensified anger among
Breaking his silence on the Kathua and Unnao rape cases, Prime Minister Modi had last week said that
the country’s “daughters” would “definitely get justice”. “I want to assure the country that no culprit
will be spared, complete justice will be done. Our daughters will definitely get justice,” he said.
After PM Modi’s statement on Friday, Gandhi had reacted on Twitter where he ‘thanked’ the prime
minister for breaking his silence on both the rape cases but also asked when will the victims finally
get justice. Earlier, on Thursday midnight, he had also led a candlelight vigil, to protest against the
two rape cases that have created a storm across the country.