New Delhi, Aug 7: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his “silence” on the cases of rapes in the country, especially in shelter homes in Muzaffarpur in Bihar and Deoria in Uttar Pradesh, and said that the atrocities against women have pushed the country behind by 3,000 years.
He also taunted the Modi government over its ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ (save daughters, educate daughters) programme and questioned as to from whom the daughters should be saved.
“In Uttar Pradesh when women are raped, the Prime Minister cannot speak a single word,” Gandhi said while addressing the Mahila Adhikar Sammelan organized by his party here.
“In Jharkhand, he goes and speaks on issues like the bullet train, toilets, aeroplanes and other issues but he does not speak a line about women. He remains silent when there is any number of atrocities against women or cases of rape,” he said.
Slamming Modi for his silence on Bihar’s Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case, Gandhi said, “a number of minor girls were raped in Bihar. But he cannot speak a single word condemning the incident, while his party members defend the accused.”
“In UP, their MLA is a rape accused but the Prime Minister and the BJP President do not speak a word against it,” he said, referring to the BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who has been arrested by the CBI in a rape case in April this year.
“It has become a trend that every woman in India comes out of her home with fear. When, in front of the Prime Minister, it is said that your country is not safe for women and your government is unable to provide security to the women, he cannot speak a word,” he said. (IANS)