Bharat ki Baat, Sabke Saath’ event: A rape is a rape, don’t politicise such issues, says PM Modi
Sending a message to Pakistan that India would never accept terrorism, Narendra Modi, in the “Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath” event, said the country knew how to teach a lesson to those who ran the industry of exporting terror and kill Indians.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has been assailed by the Congress for remaining mum on the Kathua and Unnao rape cases that have shocked the nation, chose the global stage on Wednesday to counter the charge, saying such incidents should not be politicised while acknowledging that crimes against women were worrying. Addressing the Indian diaspora in London at a mega event titled “Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath”, Modi, in a veiled dig at the Congress, also asserted that one should not compare the number of rape incidents between governments as it was a sensitive and emotive issue.
Crime against women worrying. A rape is a rape. It should not be politicised,” Modi said at the event. “But can we compare the number of rapes in different governments? We cannot say there were this many rapes in our government and that many of yours. There cannot be a worse way to deal with this issue,” he said. Calling it the evil of not just the individual but also of the society, the PM said people need to teach their sons to treat girls with respect. He said one should remember that the one “committing the sin” is someone’s son.
That’s why I presented this issue from the Red Fort in a new way. I had said that if a daughter comes late, parents ask where had she gone and why. Whom did she meet? Everyone asks their daughters, but you should also ask your sons where had they been,” Modi said. Earlier in the day, hundreds of protesters greeted the PM when he arrived in London from Sweden, demonstrating over a rising tide of sexual violence at home. Holding placards reading “Modi go home” and “we stand against Modi’s agenda of hate and greed,” protesters gathered outside Downing Street and parliament as Modi arrived for talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May.