As hundreds of protestors marched in various cities on Sunday evening to seek action against the accused in the Kathua and Unnao rape cases, 49 former civil servants have written an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, holding him responsible "more than anyone else" for the "terrifying state of affairs" in the country.
India and Sweden are looking for some big outcomes at Tuesday's summit when Prime Minister Narendra Modi travels to Stockholm for a bilateral meeting and the first Indo-Nordic conference with Iceland, Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden. "Our daughters will definitely get justice", PM Modi said during the inauguration of Dr Ambedkar National Memorial in the national capital. "Prime Minister, we write to you not just to express our collective sense of shame and not just to give voice to our anguish or lament and mourn the death of our civilizational values - but to express our rage".
In Unnao, a 17-year-old was raped last year allegedly by BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar, who was named in a CBI FIR and questioned on Friday. "This is shameful", Modi said after widespread outrage over the incidents in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir and Unnao district in Uttar Pradesh. "What matters is deeds count, words do not", he told reporters. A week later, her body was found in the same area.
The 8 accused in the Kathua gangrape and murder case, including Special Police Officers (SPOs) Deepak Khajuria and Surinder Kumar, a Rasana resident Parvesh Kumar, Assistant Sub Inspector Anand Dutta and Head Constable Tilak Raj in the case have been held by Crime Branch and the investigation in the case is undergoing.
In the first FIR, the CBI named Sengar and Shashi Singh, a woman who allegedly took the rape victim to the Bharatiya Janata Party leader's house.
This will be followed by official deliberations between the heads of government in London on Thursday before they head to Windsor for the CHOGM retreat, where the world leaders will interact on an informal basis without any structured agenda or the presence of officials.
"You are robbing them of their scholarships, you are participating in conspiracies to dilute their reservations and then you are shedding crocodile tears in the name of Dalits", he said.
By giving sustenance to the brutality of one human being against another in the name of Hindus we have failed as human beings. "The person, the party and the government that look at rape through the prism of class and religion have to be criticised", he said. "She must take back her words and apologise immediately".