How can media malign a father-daughter relationship? asks Honeypreet Insan 

Honeypreet Insan, the ‘adopted daughter’ of jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, was arrested today by the Haryana Police on the highway near Chandigarh. She has been charged with sedition and to help Ram Rahim escape while he was sent to jail. She has also been accused of inciting riots on August 25 that left 41 people dead and several injured. She will be produced before a court tomorrow. Hours before her arrest she was seen giving interviews to various news channels.

In an interview with India Today Honeypreet said that she was wrongly portrayed by the media and she is depressed. She said, “The Honeypreet about whom the media is talking is not the real one. They have shown me as someone who is afraid of herself after the whole incident. I cannot describe my present mental state. I have been called a traitor, which is absolutely wrong. I was present at the court with permission. How else do you think can a woman be in the premises amid such security arrangement? The court permitted me to be with papa.”

When asked about being involved in inciting violence she claimed that she had no role in the violence that broke in different parts of Punjab and Haryana. “I want to ask, how can a girl go alone without appropriate permission in the middle of the force? Later, they all said that I was wrong. I just need to say that all the evidence is there for the world to see. They accuse me of being involved in riots, but do they have any evidence against me? I am innocent. Have you seen me anywhere inciting riots? I was not present there at all,” she questions.

On being portrayed as the villain, she says, “You have seen the whole situation. How am I guilty? I just did what a daughter is meant to do. I have not spoken to anyone. How am I involved in riots? We went to the court believing that everything would be fine and we would be back in the evening. But the outcome was devastating and the verdict was against us. Our brain stopped working only. How can we conspire in such a situation?”

When asked about the rumors of the ‘father and daughter’ being involved in an alleged sexual relationship which soon became the talk of the town, she says, “I do not understand how can someone question the holy relationship between a father and daughter? My main concern was the way the media projected me. How can they malign a father and daughter’s relationship? Can a father not keep his hands on his daughter? Can a daughter not love her father?” She further added, “I and my father are innocent and the truth will come out soon. My relationship with my father is pure. Please don’t trust these baseless allegations.”

Quashing reports that women were molested at the Dera, Honeypreet said that her father is innocent. “On the basis of one letter, how can anyone be held guilty? My father is innocent and his innocence will be proved. No women were molested at the Dera. They have not considered the opinion of other women from Dera and the women who accused him did not come forward.”

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