"All these incidents can not be part of a civilised society". I want to assure the nation that the culprits will not escape, that justice will be done. "We are all ashamed as a society, as a country", Modi said, speaking at the inauguration of the Ambedkar National Memorial here. Our daughters will get justice.
"We have to strengthen our family system, our social values and law and order", he added.
While at Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir, an eight-year-old girl from the nomadic Bakerwal Muslim community was allegedly abducted, drugged, raped, tortured and killed on January 17, in Unnao of Uttar Pradesh, a teenage girl was allegedly raped by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his accomplices last year. A week later, her raped and battered body was recovered.
The 8 accused in the Kathua gangrape and murder case, including Special Police Officers (SPOs) Deepak Khajuria and Surinder Kumar, a Rasana resident Parvesh Kumar, Assistant Sub Inspector Anand Dutta and Head Constable Tilak Raj in the case have been held by Crime Branch and the investigation in the case is undergoing. She alleged she was raped by the MLA at his residence previous year where she had gone with a relative seeking a job.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who led a candlelight vigil last night, had questioned the PM's silence and wondered if his slogan "Beti Bachao" was mere lip service.
Reminding everyone about his first Independence Day speech at the Redfort as the PM in 2014 where he had talked extensively about the need to treat boys and girls equally, the PM said that his government was committed to the welfare of women.
Appealing to Maoists, Modi referenced Ambedkar and said, "I want to tell the youth who have taken to the path of violence that Babasaheb has given us the Constitution, all the protection you want is in the Constitution".
He said the awakening among the poor and backward sections about their rights, their hopes and aspirations was due to Ambedkar, whose 127th birth anniversary was celebrated today. Many people forgot that.
The huge crowd that had congregated at Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's event was taken by surprise when Modi, who was slated to present a pair of slippers to a tribal woman, bent down and helped the bare-footed woman wear her gifted footwear.
The PM said when Ambedkar contested Lok Sabha elections, the Congress put its full weight behind in defeating him.