Two States, Two Rapes, While BJP-Congress Sparring In Lok Sabha Elections

Two States, Two Rapes, While BJP-Congress Sparring In Lok Sabha Elections

Two States, Two Rapes, While BJP-Congress Sparring In Lok Sabha Elections

New Delhi: The ongoing Lok Sabha Elections have become the ground for more political rows after two horrific gang rape cases, one in BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh and the other in Congress-ruled Rajasthan. While BSP supremo Mayawati and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have been battling over the Alwar case for the last two days, the Congress today targeted the BJP over the Hapur case, in which a woman, allegedly sold and repeatedly gangraped, had set herself on fire.

The Congress while pointing out to her claim that she had been turned away by the police when she tried to register a complaint, targeted the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh.

"In Hapur, the woman burnt herself because she isn't getting justice from the Uttar Pradesh police", the Congress said, adding in a sarcastic vein the BJP slogan "Modi hai toh mumkin hai (When Modi is there, anything is possible)".

The Congress has also claimed that some BJP lawmakers have been involved in "atrocities against women" - a reference to Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's comment that in the rape of the Scheduled caste woman in Alwar, it has been found that a former BJP lawmaker "was trying to negotiate" with her family.

After the woman's family claimed the police delayed filing a First Information Report because of the ongoing elections, the Congress party had recieved a lot of criticism from both Mayawati and Prime Minister Narendra Modi 

Speaking to the media today, Mr Gehlot said, "We have reports that a former BJP MLA was trying to negotiate with the family of the victim. So if there is any pressure, it was from their side".

"The Prime Minister has no knowledge of what happened on Alwar. We acted promptly suspended the SHO (officer in charge of a police station), removed the Superintendent of Police and arrested all the accused," he said. The Prime Minister, he added, "should not attack the Rajasthan government without being properly informed".

Chief Minister Gehlot when questioned about Mayawati attacking the Congress on the matter,  said, "I understand her feelings, as she is a voice for the Scheduled Castes".

The BSP supremo whose two lawmakers in the state are supporting the Gehlot government, had threatened earlier to withdraw support, prompting allegations of "crocodile tears from PM Modi".

She had  launched a scathing counterattack, accusing him of "dramebaazi (play acting) with his love for Dalits".