New Delhi, Apr 13: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Meenakshi Lekhi on Friday hit out at the Congress for targeting the Centre over Kathua and Unnao gangrape cases. She said that the the Congress is targeting Centre for cases which are state issues and the states are acting in those cases. “You see their plan, first shout ‘minority minority’, then ‘Dalit Dalit’, and now ‘women women’ and then try to somehow fix blame of state issues on the centre. All this while ignoring the strict action being taken by state governments,” she said while addressing the media on the Unnao and Kathua cases today.
She also targeted the Congress pointing out that the leader of the Bar Association protest in Jammu had a connection with the party. “Jammu Bar Association president BS Slathia was the polling agent of Ghulam Nabi Azad ji,” she said, adding that a fair probe was done in the rape and murder case of an 8-year-old girl in Kathua. “A fair probe was done in Kathua case. SIT was formed and 6-7 people were arrested,” Lekhi said. (Also Read: I miss my daughter everyday, says Kathua rape victim’s father)
When asked about the two BJP leaders who were seen protesting in support of the accused in the Kathua case, Lekhi said, “Party has already condemned this act, 2 individuals (BJP J&K ministers) were mislead & misguided by people. Lesson to them is not to believe one side or the other and let the law take its course.”
Speaking on the Unnao rape case where a minor girl has accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar of having raped her, Lekhi said that the case is 10 months old and action was taken as soon as the party MLA was named in it. “The Unnao incident happened 10 months ago. When police took a statement in front of the magistrate, the MLA was not named. Then later the survivor wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and action was initiated soon after,” Lekhi said.
Meanwhile, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi said that the government was contemplating an amendment to the law which awards death penalty to rapists of minors below 12 years of age.