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Unnao, Kathua under spotlight as authorities come under lens for inaction in gang rape cases; Mudda panellist feels custody death after audience from Chief Minister Adityanath an indictment of him and his party, and a comment on Indian society

Friday’s edition of Mudda discussed the Unnao and Kathua rape cases and how the government’s role which has been highly insufficient and careless.

Mudda discussed the rape incident in Unnao and the custodial death of the father of the victim and also the gang rape and murder of the eight-year-old Asifa in Kathua of Jammu. The Unnao incident took place in June 2017 but the Uttar Pradesh government took no action in the case, after which the Allahabad High Court took suo motu cognisance of the case and ordered that CBI submit their investigation report to the court on May 2 at 10am.

The show was anchored by Anant Tyagi. The panellists were NCP leader Nawab Malik, SP spokesperson Anil Yadav, Congress spokesperson Suchi Biswas, former judge CB Pandey, social worker Tahira Hasan, BJP ex-MLC Vindhyavaasini Kumar and APN consulting editor Govind Pant Raju.

When the country is aghast at the rape of the eight-year old, some politicians are out giving insensitive statements on the rape case. A senior BJP leader in Madhya Pradesh claimed a Pakistani hand behind the gang rape and murder of Asifa. BJP state president Nandkumar Chouhan said that the “Hindus are less than one per cent in Kashmir. They cannot even open their mouths, then how can they shout these slogans?”

Adding to the insensitive statements were the BJP panellist’s comments during the show. When asked to speak on the irresponsible behaviour of Chouhan, BJP panellist Vindhwasini Kumar said that he did not have much information about the Kathua murder case and therefore would not like to comment on it. However, he was aware of the Unnao rape case and he went on to congratulate the government for conducting arrests in the matter.

Tahira Hasan spoke on how the incidents that followed the gruesome murder tell about where we are leading as a society. The advocate in the case is being threatened constantly and the Jammu Kashmir Bar Association is the body which is threatening her. She recalled her experience in Unnao when she went to meet the victim’s family. She said that the family was visibly frightened. “The uncle of the girl repeatedly asked me to shift their case to Delhi if possible because they were afraid to stay in the region,” said Hasan. She also asked the BJP what made it not arrest Kuldeep Singh Sengar for this long and she also shunned the whataboutery that was going on. “There are attempts to say that so and so happened in Congress, SP and BSP. It is very shameful,” said Hasan.

Suchi Biswas termed these politicians as mentally retarded, and said that they should be immediately punished by their respective parties. She said that the promptness of Yogi Adityanath’s encounter specialist police was nowhere to be seen when it came to the Unnao rape case. “No need to treat women as goddesses, at least treat them as human beings. That is the least which you can do. How would families in Uttar Pradesh with daughters at home feel after all this that happened?” asked Biswas.

Govind Pant Raju said that the Unnao incident was one of the most gross human rights violations of the common man. He condemned the BJP ex-MLC who had congratulated the government on the show saying that after all that had happened, if somebody congratulates the government then it is very shameful. “The people will not be able to pardon the state government. She tried speaking on all the platforms she could and at last, when she met the chief minister. Right after the meeting her father died in police custody. It is the most shameful thing for any government that after they meet the chief minister of the state, their relatives are killed. There can be no other party more inhuman than how BJP has come across with this incident,” Raju said.

—Compiled by Lilly Paul

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