Fast- track rape cases if se­ri­ous about jus­tice, Rahul tells Modi

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Politics over rape cases con­tin­ued with Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi ask­ing Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi to fast­track cases of rapes of mi­nors and pun­ish the guilty if he was se­ri­ous about pro­vid­ing jus­tice to the coun­try’s daugh­ters. Mr Gandhi pointed out that there were as many as 19,675 cases of rapes of mi­nor chil­dren in 2016, terming it as “shame­ful”.

“There were 19,675 rapes of mi­nor chil­dren re­ported in 2016. This is shame­ful. PM should fast­track these cases and pun­ish the guilty if he is se­ri­ous about pro­vid­ing jus­tice for our daugh­ters,” Mr Gandhi said on Twit­ter, us­ing “# SpeakUp”.

Amid na­tional out­rage over Kathua and Un­nao rape cases, Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi on Mon­day asked Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi to fast track cases of rapes of mi­nors and pun­ish the guilty if he was se­ri­ous about pro­vid­ing jus­tice to the coun­try’s daugh­ters.

Mr Gandhi pointed out that there were as many as 19,675 cases of rapes of mi­nor chil­dren in 2016, terming them as “shame­ful”.

“There were 19,675 rapes of mi­nor chil­dren re­ported in 2016. This is shame­ful. PM should fast­track these cases and pun­ish the guilty if he is se­ri­ous about pro­vid­ing jus­tice for our daugh­ters,” Mr Gandhi said on Twit­ter, us­ing the hash­tag “SpeakUp”.

The BJP and the Op­po­si­tion par­ties led by the Congress have been locked in a bit­ter bat­tle over the rapes in Kathua and Un­nao. Both the par­ties had lev­elled charges against each other for politi­cis­ing the is­sue.

The Congress had ac­cused the Prime Min­is­ter of be­ing silent while the rapes have been tak­ing place in the BJPruled states.

Ex­press­ing an­guish over the two in­ci­dents which have trig­gered wide­spread out­rage, the Prime Min­is­ter had said such crimes chal­lenge the very con­cept of so­cial jus­tice “and as a so­ci­ety and a coun­try we all are ashamed of it.”

“I want to as­sure the na­tion that no crim­i­nal will be spared. Jus­tice will be done. Our daugh­ters will get jus­tice. We all will have to work to­gether to end this in­ter­nal evil,” he added.

The Congress had also ques­tioned the si­lence of Union min­is­ters Sushma Swaraj and Sm­riti Irani. The Congress said that when the UPA was in power Ms Swaraj and Ms Irani were the first to com­ment on rapes tak­ing place “why the stud­ied si­lence now”? The Congress, along with the en­tire Op­po­si­tion, will also raise the is­sue women safety in the Mon­soon Ses­sion of Par­lia­ment.

Rahul Gandhi

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