New Delhi: Unlike Uttar Pradesh, the governments of Punjab and Rajasthan are not denying incidents of rapes, said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said on Saturday. Also Read - COVID-19: BJP MLA Kiran Maheshwari Passes Away, PM Modi Condoles Demise
Taking a dig at the BJP for accusing him and his family of raising issues to only settle political scores, the Congress leader tweeted, “Unlike in UP, the governments of Punjab and Rajasthan are NOT denying that the girl was raped, threatening her family and blocking the course of justice. If they do, I will go there to fight for justice.” Also Read - PM Modi To Inaugurate Widened NH Stretch, Attend Dev Deepawali in Varanasi Today
Earlier in the day, Union Ministers Prakash Javadekar and Nirmala Sitharaman made a scathing attack on Congress President Sonia Gandhi, and party leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra over the alleged rape and murder of a 6-year-old Dalit girl in Punjab which is ruled by the Congress. Also Read - Regretting Error: Congress MP Anand Sharma Clarifies After Praising PM Modi's Visit to Vaccine Facilities
While Javadekar said that they don’t pay heed to the injustice done to women in the states ruled by their own party, Finance Minister Sitharaman questioned the silence of “tweet friendly” Rahul Gandhi and asked if the incident didn’t shake the conscience of the “brother and sister who rush to every place that can help them politically.”
Adding that no rape should be politicised, Sitharaman said, “Does this kind of selective outrage suit the stature of their party? The BJP will stand up for justice and will ensure that justice is delivered to this family, and in time.”
The BJP leaders’ comments came after the Congress repeatedly slammed the ruling government in Uttar Pradesh over the alleged gangrape in Hathras and also questioned Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s track record in providing women’s safety in the state.
In the horrifying incident from Punjab, a six-year-old girl was allegedly raped, killed, and later set on fire and her half-burnt body was found at home at Jalalpur village in Tanda, police said on Thursday.
Two accused have been arrested by the police and further investigation is underway.
(With ANI inputs)