The Congress president, Mr. Rahul Gandhi, has hit out at the Prime Minister for his remaining silent over incidents of alleged rape, including in shelter homes in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. He pointed out that what is happening against women during his tenure had not happened in the previous 3,000 years in he country.
Mr. Gandhi also said that his aim was to have 50 per cent women in the Congress while asserting that the BJP cannot put forward such a vision as its 'parent organisation', the RSS, was a 'male chauvinist organisation'.
Taking a swipe at the government’s 'beti bachao, beti padhao' campaign, he said it was actually for 'saving the daughters from BJP MLAs', an apparent reference to some BJP leaders accused in the rape cases.
'The Prime Minister speaks on everything—bullet trains, aero planes, toilets, but not women. Whenever there are atrocities on women, he does not speak up,' Mr. Gandhi said.
'(He) had talked about changing India, had talked about 70 years...what they have done against women in the last four years, had not happened in the previous 3,000 years, leave alone 70 years,' Mr. Gandhi said.
Addressing a 'Mahila Adhikaar Sammelan' at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi he promised to extend his party’s full support to the passage of the women's reservation Bill and said if the Modi government does not bring it, the Congress will do so soon after coming to power.
He also talked of empowering women within the Congress and bringing them forward in the organisation, for them to lead a state or the country one day. He promised to include more women in central units of the AICC.
“In UP women are raped, the Prime Minister does not say a word on it. In Jharkhand and in various states women are raped, in Bihar small girls are raped, but our Prime Minister cannot speak a word on it,' he said.
The Congress chief said that whenever the Prime Minister goes abroad, he embraces leaders, but has no answer to the question—why women are not safe in India.