Amid a nationwide outrage over the Kathua and Unnao rape cases, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told that such incidents of crime should not be politicised. Speaking at ‘Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath’ programme in UK, he said people in India have more expectations from his government because they know that it can deliver.
“I have never indulged in counting the number of rape incidents in this government and that government. Rape is rape, be it now or earlier. It is extremely sad. Don’t politicise rape incidents,” the prime minister said.
“The rape of a daughter is a matter of shame for the country,” he said, adding, “We always ask our daughters about what they are doing, where they are going. We must ask our sons too.”
The Prime Minister’s remarks come in the backdrop of a nationwide outrage over the rape cases in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua and Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao. Several protest rallies have been held by the students across cities over these two incidents. Even Congress president Rahul Gandhi had held a candle-light vigil at India Gate last week.
While, eight people have been arrested over gangrape and murder of 8-year-old girl in Kathua, BJP MLA has been arrested in case of rape of a 17-year-old girl in Unnao.
Speaking further, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Indians have become more aspirational under the BJP-led government at the Centre. Taking a dig at the previous governments, he said that their governance made people dependent on the state.
“People know that when they say something, the Government will listen and do it. Days of incremental change are over,” Prime Minister Modi said, adding “Earlier, people had adopted a ‘chalta hai’ attitude but now they have high expectations from us”.
Saying that 125 crore people of India now feel excitement, hope and expectation, PM Modi said, “If you will see where we stand in comparison to previous government, I can affirm that we left no stone unturned in doing good for the country on any parameter”.
“To criticise, one has to research and find proper facts. Sadly, it does not happen now. What happens instead is allegations,” Modi said in his more than 2-hour long interaction.
“I want this Government to be criticised. Criticism makes democracy strong. Democracy cannot succeed without constructive criticism,” he added.
(With inputs from PTI)