Is BJP serious about women safety? 3 recent rape cases raise questions

Source: S.O. News Service | Published on 11th April 2018, 3:25 PM | Public Voice | National News | Don't Miss |

"In Yogi's UP, the father of a rape victim dies in police custody while the accused roams free"

Three rape cases that have marred the nation in the last few days raise questions about BJP’s seriousness and commitment towards women safety. All three are connected either with BJP members or activists of right wing organizations.

In Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, a 17 year old girl was reportedly gangraped by a sitting BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his accomplices in July 2017. According to reports, the girl’s family had tried to file a complaint with the police several times but no FIR was registered. Unable to get justice, the family tried to commit suicide in front of the residence of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath by setting themselves on fire. Although the suicide attempt was stopped by police, it was reported that the brother of the BJP MLA Atul Singh beat up the rape victim’s father who died as a result of injuries. Her father was in police custody when he died.

In Kathua, Jammu & Kashmir, a 9 year old girld was kidnapped and raped for 8 days before being brutally murdered. Her body was found in a forest on January 17, 2018. According to a report published by Indian Express, the victim was sedated and kept in a ‘Devsthan’ (prayer hall). It was reported that the prayer hall was being managed by one of the accused. The Crime branch of Jammu & Kashmir police has taken the main accused Sanji Ram, a retired revenue official into custody after he surrendered. Several other accused have also been arrested.

The most shameful part of the whole incident was that a group called ‘Hindu Ekta Manch’ took out a protest rally with a tricolour to protest against the arrests of the rape accused. Local BJP leaders, including Forest Minister Lal Singh alleged that the arrests were carried out under ‘political pressure’.

One might take satisfaction in the fact the UP CM Yogi Adityanath has directed the SIT formed by UP police to speed up the investigations regarding the custodial death of Unnao rape victim’s father. However, one would wonder how serious he really as the same Yogi Adityanath has decided to withdraw rape and abduction charges lodged against Swami Chinmayanand. A girl had alleged that she was held at the accused’s Ashram in Haridwar for several days and repeatedly raped. However, with the state lawyer being asked to withdraw from the prosecution, one might imagine what is going to happen next.

These three rape cases raise serious questions about the BJP and their commitment towards women safety. In two cases (Unnao and Kathua), it’s quite clear that rape was used as a weapon to subjugate citizens. The death of the victim’s father, that too in police custody, plus the fact that the family had to restore to a suicide attempt to bring attention to their plight says what needed to be said about the BJP’s antipathy towards the rape victims.

Women and fair minded supporters of BJP should question themselves whether the party deserves their support.

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