New Delhi, Dec 10 : Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi silence on the issue of women safety in the country and his “Make in India” slogan, saying “From ‘Make in India’, India is slowly heading towards ‘Rape in India'”.
Chowdhury, who was earlier part of a heated and vociferous opposition protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, claimed there were more than 100 instances of rapes in the country every day and criticised the Narendra Modi government for its inaction.
“Unfortunate that Prime Minister who speaks on everything, is silent on this issue (crimes against women). From ‘Make in India’, India is slowly heading towards ‘Rape in India,” he said at 12.09 pm in the Lok Sabha.
Referring to 2016 data from the National Crime Records Bureau that states there 38,947 cases of rape registered that year, averaging to 106.7 cases per day.
His attack came after party leader Rahul Gandhi said that “India has become the rape capital of the world”. Gandhi made this remark after the horrific rape and murder of a veterinarian in Telangana and the murder of the Unnao rape victim , who was set ablaze by the 5 men including the accused when she was going to court.
“Women and farmers are being targeted with bullets. Women cannot step out from their houses without fear,” Gandhi said at an election rally in Jharkhand.
There has been much outrage in India over the women’s safety and the people of India are demanding the speedy disposal of rape cases and effective implementation of existing laws, as well as debates on capital punishment for rapists, has been front and centre in recent weeks.