New Delhi, Aug 1: Questioning the silence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Cabinet Ministers on the Unnao rape and accident cases, in which BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar is an accused, Congress on Thursday lamented that the BJP government's 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao' slogan is mere a mockery and their outrage on women's safety and security issues is selective.
Addressing media persons at AICC headquarters just after the Supreme Court order, that ordered to shift the cases to Delhi from Uttar Pradesh and provide security to rape survivor and her family, Mahila Congress president Sushmita Dev said that it is a disgrace that all leaders who are beating and thumping their chest on women empowerment on Triple Talaq bill, are today silent, and not uttering single word or showing sympathy.
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who pretentiously talks of women empowerment, why is he silent today when this is happening in the state of his constituency. Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani, who had once sent bangles to former PM Manmohan Singh, why is she silent today," asked Ms Dev.
Condemning Home Minister Amit Shah for not taking any action against Mr Sengar for last two years, Ms Dev called him a disgrace.
"Today Mr Shah is heading the Me Too panel. I want to ask the women of India, do you actually expect Mr Shah, who did not take action against his own MLA, who is a rape accused, to actually give Me Too victims justice? I think it is almost a joke that Amit Shah is heading Me Too panel", she added.
The Mahila Congress president alleged that Mr Sengar, prime accused of raping the minor girl in 2017 in Unnao against whome an FIR has been filed after an accident in which the girl and her advocate have been seriously injured and aunts were killed, was expelled from BJP only after Supreme Court's reprimand.
"Mr Modi, Mr Shah, and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath stood by the accused Mr Sengar for two years and continued to lie about his expulsion", she alleged.
Earlier in the day, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also crticised BJP and Adityanath Government and said, "grateful to the Supreme Court for taking cognisance of the ‘Jungle Raj’ being unleashed in Uttar Pradesh".
"Finally the BJP acknowledges having empowered a criminal and takes some action to correct itself and move in the direction of justice for a young woman who has suffered immeasurably," Priyanka tweeted. (UNI)