Kathua, Unnao rape cases: Modi finally breaks his silence
After being a mute spectator for days, PM Narendra Modi, on Friday, finally broke his silence on the Kathua and Unnao rape cases that shook the nation. Speaking at the inauguration of the Ambedkar Memorial in New Delhi, Modi said that the "guilty" will not be spared. He further added, "Our daughters will get justice." Here's what he said.
This is what Modi said
What are the Kathua and Unnao rape cases?
In Kathua, an eight-year-old child was kidnapped, sedated, held captive, gang-raped repeatedly for days and brutally murdered in January. The accused wanted to scare the nomadic Muslim Bakarwal community into leaving. Meanwhile, in Unnao, an 18-year-old woman was allegedly raped by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar. After she demanded a probe, her father was arrested under the Arms Act and died in judicial custody.
How have other BJP members reacted?
Earlier today, Meenakshi Lekhi had slammed Opposition for communalizing the issue. Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi wants a death penalty for those convicted of raping minors below age 12. She also addressed media scrutiny saying, "You people want investigation to be done in 2 minutes. But, action is being taken." Union Minister Smriti Irani condemned the politicization saying, "As a woman, I request victim-shaming to be stopped."