Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday cornered the opposition for reducing cases of rapes and mob lynching to “mere statistics” for gaining political mileage.
“It would be a great travesty to reduce these incidents to mere statistics and then indulge in politics over them. That shows a kind of perverse mindset that looks at violence and criminality as something to be milked, instead of unitedly opposing,” said PM Modi, in an exclusive interview to news agency ANI.
“My party and I have spoken in clear words, on multiple occasions against such actions (lynching) and such a mindset. It is all on record. Even a single incident is one too many and deeply unfortunate. Everyone should rise above politics to ensure peace and unity in our society,” he added.
Last month, Congress President Rahul Gandhi had attacked Narendra Modi over the alleged negligence by the Rajasthan Police in the Alwar mob lynching case, terming it prime minister’s “brutal New India”.
Rahul came amid reports of callousness of the Rajasthan Police, who delayed taking the lynching victim Rakbar Khan to the hospital by three hours, which apparently resulted in his death.
“Policemen in #Alwar took 3 hrs to get a dying Rakbar Khan, the victim of a lynch mob, to a hospital just 6 KM away. Why? They took a tea-break enroute (sic),” tweeted Rahul Gandhi.
“This is Modi’s brutal “New India” where humanity is replaced with hatred and people are crushed and left to die,” he added.
During his rally in Rajasthan’s Jaipur on Saturday, Rahul criticised the BJP government over the Unnao rape case, alleging that the accused MLA was being shielded by the saffron party.
“In UP, a BJP MLA rapes a woman and entire UP BJP tries to protect him. Incidents occurred in Chhattisgarh also but the prime minister does not speak a word,” he said.