Congress today slammed leaders like Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Babulal Gaur and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for their "irresponsible" remarks on incidents of crime against women and asked them to "step down". Party spokesperson Shobha Oza also questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi over continuance of incidents of rapes and gangrapes in various parts of the country.
"The way the incidents of women persecution, rapes and gangrapes have increased in last few days and then the manner in which irresponsible statements have been made by some political leaders is very shameful. Be it remarks by UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav or what the Home Minister of Madhya Pradesh Babulal Gaur said today.
"Be it Gaur or Akhilesh, if anybody gives such statements while occupying a position of responsibility, it is condemnable. What is the point in the continuance of such a Chief Minister or such a Home Minister then? They should step down from their posts and hand these over to people, who take responsibility," Oza told reporters at the AICC briefing.
Recalling that in the run-up to the Lok Sabha election, a slogan was coined by BJP "Bahut Hua Naari Par Waar, Abki Baar Modi Sarkar", she said that women believed that there will be at least a reduction in cases of women persecution when Modi government comes to power even if they do not come to an end. She said that the government, which came to power making a big issue of women security is "silent" as such incidents keep happening.
"It is a matter of great sorrow that Modi has not kept the issue of women security in the 10-point agenda of his government. The Prime Minister in whose name this slogan was given is not seen taking responsibility," she said, alleging that BJP-ruled states Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan have recorded 1170 and 924 rape cases in the past three months. Oza, who hails from Madhya Pradesh, was particularly critical of Gaur.
"Gaur says that rapes cannot be checked as the rapists do not come after informing. He also says that women should be taught judo karate to defend themselves from such incidents. Who will give judo karate training to a three-year-old kid or an 80-year-old woman," she asked.
"If the state Home Minister is feeling helpless in providing security to women, he should relinquish his post. Such irresponsible statements be it by Gaur, Akhilesh Yadav or SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav only encourage people, who commit such crimes," she said.