In the two events that seemed to have sent waves of jolt in the entire nation, it seems the women leaders have finally decided to break their silence and speak up. Smriti Irani, the Union Minister condemned the “attempts to politicise” both the crimes and said, “As a woman, I request victim-shaming to be stopped.”
Earlier it was Maneka Gandhi, who broke her silence, saying she feels “deeply deeply disturbed” and would recommend moving an amendment in the POCSO act to bring in a death penalty for child rapists of victim aged below 12 years.
Smriti Irani, in response to the question about Rahul Gandhi’s candle-light midnight march in New Delhi, said, “The law and the administration will work according to the constitution. There are some people who want to politicise such incidents and that is expected too. But as a woman, I would request that victim-shaming should not be done”.
She also targeted Gayatri Prajapati from the Congress party who is also accused of rape and corruption, and is a former minister fielded in the Uttar Pradesh polls by the Samajwadi Party. She addressing the reporters in Amethi, which is the parliamentary constituency of Rahul Gandhi, said, “Those who asked for votes for Gayatri Prajapati are protesting today. People know the reality”.
Rahul Gandhi, last night held a candle-night protest in New Delhi to demand justice for the eight-year-old in Kathua and the teenage girl in Unnao.