Congress has targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the release of the convicts in the Bilkis Bano case with Rahul Gandhi saying the entire country is seeing the difference between the PM’s words and deeds.
The Congress also asked whether it was possible for the Gujarat government to approve early release of the convicts without knowledge and approval of Prime Minister Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.
Earlier, The Bharatiya Janata Party government in Gujarat released all the 11 people convicted for the rape of a pregnant Bilkis Bano and murder of seven of her family members during the 2002 Gujarat riots, under its remission policy.
“Those who raped a five-month pregnant woman and killed her three-year-old daughter were released during ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’. What message is being given to the women of the country by those who peddle lies about ‘Nari Shakti’?” Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi.
5 महीने की गर्भवती महिला से बलात्कार और उनकी 3 साल की बच्ची की हत्या करने वालों को ‘आज़ादी के अमृत महोत्सव’ के दौरान रिहा किया गया।
नारी शक्ति की झूठी बातें करने वाले देश की महिलाओं को क्या संदेश दे रहे हैं?
प्रधानमंत्री जी, पूरा देश आपकी कथनी और करनी में अंतर देख रहा है।
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 17, 2022
“Prime Minister ji, the entire country is seeing the difference between your words and deeds,” he said.
Attacking the PM, Priyanka Gandhi asked if the release of the criminals convicted for the gang-rape of a pregnant woman and killing of her daughter by the BJP government as well as their welcome in front of the camera, not the height of injustice and insensitivity.
“Narendra Modi ji, respect for women only in speeches? Women are asking,” she said.
एक गर्भवती महिला के साथ गैंगरेप व उसकी बच्ची की हत्या के अपराध में सभी अदालतों से सजा पा चुके अपराधियों की भाजपा सरकार द्वारा रिहाई, कैमरे के सामने स्वागत- क्या अन्याय व संवेदनहीनता की पराकाष्ठा नहीं है? @narendramodi जी स्त्री का सम्मान केवल भाषणों के लिए? महिलाएं पूछ रही हैं।
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) August 17, 2022
Tagging a tweet by party’s media department head Pawan Khera in which he shared that the latest guidelines issued by the Home Ministry on early release of prisoners mentions that rape and murder convicts cannot be released out of turn by prison administration.
“A revised policy of State government collated in 2014, & the latest guidelines issued by MHA on early release of prisoners, both mention that rape, murder convicts cannot be released out of turn by prison administration.”
Mr Modi, the world is watching you and what you will do https://t.co/XiUrwUScSL
— Pawan Khera 🇮🇳 (@Pawankhera) August 17, 2022
Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh tweeted, “Brazenly shameless. Do you really think the Gujarat Govt did the early release without knowledge & approval of PM and HM?”
Brazenly shameless. Do you really think the Gujarat Govt did the early release without knowledge & approval of PM and HM? https://t.co/2ZFvv3bEbo
— Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) August 17, 2022