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Prime Minister Narendra Modi was grilled over an eight-year-old Muslim girl’s gang rape and murder in January during his recent visit to London. He reportedly replied “there should be no politics over rape”.
He said that instances of sexual assaults shamed the country. “A rape is a rape. How can we tolerate this exploitation of our daughters? Modi asked the primarily Indian audience.
He said that people need to teach their sons to treat girls with respect. “We ask our daughters what they have been doing when they come home late, but do we ask our sons? These sinners are somebody’s sons!”
“We are so divided in India because of caste, but Lord Basaweshwara brought everyone together… We do not know enough about our ancient history yet people know about the Magna Carta”
Censor board chairman, Prasoon Joshi, who moderated the meeting, started by asking Modi about his life’s journey, reminding him that it had begun from a railway station.
Modi said: “My life at the railway station taught me so much…the palace is not my story…the person in the railway station was Narendra Modi”, Modi said accepting his humble background.
“I do not need to read a book to understand poverty. I have experienced it. My policies have to make some change to the lives of these people”.
The mystery is how he intends to.
There have been daily street protests over the child’s rape and murder in Jammu, but to no avail. Hindu activists dismiss them with one even having bitterly remonstrated, “They call Jammu the City of Temples, but they are changing it. They are replacing temples with mosques”, a news report reads.
On their part, Muslims blame the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sang, or the RSS, for fanning the fires of India’s Hindu-Muslim divide. But the RSS is Modi’s principal political arm.