Indian PM Narendra Modi has faced the wrath of national media for not giving any public statement on the horrible Unnao and Kathua rape cases. Both the incidents have sparked stiff criticism of BJP and its stance on culprits. There were even discussions whether the PM was trying to shield culprits who are from BJP. And, PM Narendra Modi didn’t mince his words while speaking on the heinous incidents during the inauguration of Dr Ambedkar National Memorial.
Modi denounces Kathua, Unnao rapes:
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.
Meanwhile, PM Modi also stressed the importance of instilling social values to children. With his years of experience in governance and wisdom, he remarked,” 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.”
Modi breaks silence on Kathua, Unnao cases:
There is no denying the fact that the gang rape and murder of 8-year-old Asifa Bano in Kathua and rape of another minor girl in Unnao has angered Indian and they took streets demanding strict action against the culprits. The opposition parties didn’t miss to mock PM Narendra Modi for his ‘Beti bachao, beti padao’ campaign.
Rahul Gandhi leads midnight march to India Gate:
Side by side, Congress president Rahul Gandhi who made it a point to get more political points with candlelight march, criticized the prime minister for lip service. Thus PM Narendra Modi had no other option but to give a strong statement in public domain, that ‘Raj Dharma’ is most important to him. BJP itself was in complete damage control mode as the party thinktank has realized the possible repercussion of such horrific incidents can be extremely to the fortunes of the saffron outfit.
Two BJP ministers in Jammu and Kashmir Cabinet resign:
Incidentally, the BJP Ministers in Jammu & Kashmir cabinet have resigned today after an order from the party top brass. But the 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.
For all its cleverness, BJP may have failed to gauge amount and intensity of public anger:
Be it the case of Chaudhary Lal Singh, the forest minister, and 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 at the right moment.
Media’s contribution in these two cases:
The worst outcome of the incidents has the politicization of rape. Previously, media always made it a point to say ‘a woman has been raped’. This time around, most paid media organs came up with communal flares saying, ‘A Muslim woman has been raped by Hindu man’. PM Narendra Modi, being a seasoned politician is well aware of the reality behind it and thus it came as no surprise that he made such a strong statement while addressing the nation.