In the last few days, not only the opposition but also, common people have been criticizing PM Narendra Modi for his ‘loud’ silence on reports of horrible gang rape in Unnao and Kathua. There were even discussions whether the PM was trying to shield BJP members who are the culprits in both the cases. Thankfully, PM Narendra Modi decided to speak against the heinous incidents during the inauguration of Dr Ambedkar National Memorial. He said, “Incidents being discussed since past two days cannot be part of a civilized society. As a country, as a society we all are ashamed of it. I want to assure the country that culprit will be spared, complete justice will be done. Our daughters will definitely get justice.” It may be few sentences, but his words are definitely going to give the families of victims some solace. Interestingly, PM Modi also stressed on importance of social values to children. In his usual rhetorical way he said,” When a daughter comes home late, we’re quick to ask them where they have been. But when a son returns late at night, we should ask them the same question.”
The gruesome gang rape and murder of 8 year old Asifa in Kathua and rape of another minor girl in Unnao have angered the Indian masses and they took streets demanding strict action against the culprits. PM Narendra Modi was even mocked for his ‘Beti bachao, beti padao’ campaign. Congress president Rahul Gandhi who made it a point to get more political points with candlelight march, criticized the prime minister for mere lip service. Thus PM Narendra Modi had no other option but to give a statement in public domain. BJP itself was in complete damage control mode as the party think-tank has understood that repercussion of such horrific incidents can be extremely to the fortunes of the saffron outfit.
Incidentally, the BJP Ministers in Jammu & Kashmir cabinet have resigned today after order from the party top brass. But the locals won’t forget that these BJP ministers in the last few days, tried to justify the gang rape on religious lines, which is indeed something that PM Narendra Modi shouldn’t be proud of. Be it the case of Chaudhary Lal Singh, the forest minister or Chander Prakash Ganga, the minister for commerce and industries – both of them mocked law along with the government and humanity as well by giving public remarks, in direct reference to shield the culprits. Thus it may be too late for BJP and they have grossly failed to act in the right moment.