(Photo by Prakash SINGH / AFP)
(Photo by Prakash SINGH / AFP)

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing a youth conclave in Surat on Wednesday, said, “Is desh mein balaatkaar pehle bhi hote thhey. Samaaj ki is buraai ka rang aisa hai ki aaj bhi inn ghatnaaon ke baare mein sunne ko milta hai. Matha sharm se jhuk jaata hai. Dard hota hai lekin aaj teen din mein phaansi, saat din mein phaansi, gyarah din mein phaansi, ek mahine mein phaansi lagaataar un betiyon ko nyay dilane ke liye ek ke baad ek kadam uthaye jaa rahein hain. Aur natije nazar aa rahein hain.

Lekin desh ka durbhagya hai ki balaatkaar ki ghatna toh saat dinon tak TV par chalayi jaati hai lekin phansi ki sazaa ki khabar aakar ke chali jaati hai. Phaansi ki khabar jitni zyaada phailegi utna balaatkaar karne ki vikruti lekar ke baitha hua aadmi darega, pachaas baar sochega…

(“There used to be rapes in this country earlier too, it is a shame that we still hear about such cases. Now, culprits are hanged within three days, seven days, 11 days and a month. Steps are being taken continuously to get daughters justice and results are evident. But it is this country’s misfortune that rape reports are aired repeatedly on TV for a week but the news of the death sentence is reported in passing…

The more reports on death sentences in these cases are publicised, it will cause a man contemplating rape to be afraid and think 50 times. ”)ANI tweeted as follows: “PM Narendra Modi in Surat: There used to be rapes in this country earlier too, it is a shame that we still hear about such cases. Now, culprits are hanged within 3 days, 7days, 11 days & a month.

Steps are being taken continuously to get daughters justice & results are evident. Did the PM mean ‘phaansi ki sazaa’, in the first instance, is something he alone can clarify. However, many were incensed at his remarks and proceeded to castigate him. Musician Vishan Dadlani accused Modi of lying.

“Lie. Name one rapist who has been hung in your term, Sir. Nirbhaya’s rapists, Asifa’s rapists, even Unnao child-rape-accused BJP MLA Sengar are still alive and well,” he tweeted on Thursday. “Narendra Modiji, we know elections are near, but don’t turn the pain of Indian women and girls into propaganda,” he added.

A lawyer, Karuna Nundy tweeted, “The PM can’t possibly know this, there has been no NCRB data since 2016. Aside from the fact that hanging doesn’t quell crime not a single culprit has been hanged within 3 days, 11 days or a month of his rape. So no, this is not true.”

“Can you name one person who has been ‘hanged’, post July 2015,” another demanded. Where is the transparency we have been repeatedly promised is what the nation wants to know? First, the government withheld the jobs report and now, it emerges that we have had no data from the National Crime Records Bureau since 2016. Will the government tell?

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