New Delhi, Apr 20: As pressure mounts over the government to take swift action in recent rape cases, including that of Kathua and Unnao, which have triggered nationwide outrage, International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde hoped that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would pay more attention towards the security of women in India.
The IMF managing director also termed the Kathua rape incident, where an eight-year-old girl was kidnapped, drugged and held for several days while she was raped repeatedly and then murdered, as “revolting”.
“What has happened (in India) is just revolting. I would hope that the Indian authorities, starting with Prime Minister Modi pay more attention because it is needed for the women of India,” Lagarde said.
This is the second time in four months that Lagarde has asked Prime Minister Modi to improve the conditions for women in the country. At the World Economic Forum, which held in Davos in January, Lagarde said she had told PM Modi that his speech did not mention much about the women in India.
“When I was last in Davos after Prime Minister Modi’s speech, I did tell him that he had not mentioned the women of India enough. And it’s not just a question of talking about them,” IMF chief said.
However, she quickly clarified that this was her personal position and not that of the IMF.
“By the way this is not an IMF official position. It is my position,” news agency PTI quoted Lagarde as saying.
Lagarde’s latest reminder to Indian authorities to take care of the women of the country comes at a time when three rape incidents – Kathua, Unnao and Surat – have sparked anger among people.
The apparent silence that PM Modi and senior leaders maintained following the incidents added to the outrage.
However, the Prime Minister did break his silence and make a fleeting reference over the incidents and promised justice to country’s daughter at an event last week but many activists insist that he needs to speak, and do more.
Also, during his trip to Sweden and UK, PM Modi while addressing the Indian diaspora in London said such incidents should not be politicised as a rape is a rape.
The anger among NRIs over the incidents back home was evident when hundreds of protesters greeted him with placards “Modi go home” when he arrived in London for bilateral talks with British PM Theresa May and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
Forces ‘torture’ compels youth to join militancy: Yasin Malik
Srinagar, Jan 23: Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik while condemning the ongoing “killings” in Kashmir on Wednesday said that killing of more than half a dozen Kashmiris at Budgam and Shopian during last two days and assault on a civilian at Haba-Kadal are “exhibition of colonial mindset of government forces who only know to kill, injured and humiliate humans at will”.
The party spokesman said that killing of many more youth at Budgam and Shopian namely Syed Rubaan, Zahid Ahmad, Shams-Ul-Haq, Tawseef Ahmad, Sabzar Ahmad, Amir Ahmad Butt, as part of unabated killings, JKLF chairman said that first government forces “torture, torment, humiliate Kashmiri youth and leave no place for them to pursue a peaceful path and then eliminate them in CASO’s and crackdowns”.
Citing the example of a young Syed Ruban of Nazneenpora Shopian, Malik said that one of his relatives had joined militancy, and then the army, SOG and police started raiding his house, arresting him, torturing and humiliating this gentle soul on daily basis.
On June 19, 2018, his residence was raided during night hours and he along with his brother Syed Tajamul was severely tortured and this humiliating torture became a turning point for him as he left his
Meanwhile, JKLF chairman has expressed his heartfelt grief and sorrow over the demise of youthful Abdul Rashid Shigan of Batamaloo presently at HMT who passed away recently.
Cong leader Abdul Gani Naseem joins PDP
Srinagar, Jan 23: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday welcomed senior Congress leader and former MLA Khansahib (Budgam), Abdul Gani Naseem into the party fold with party leadership terming his entry a positive step towards strengthening the PDP further.
According to the party spokesman, Naseem on Wednesday formally joined the PDP at the party head office here in presence of PDP General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura, MLC and Srinagar district President Mohammad Khurshid Alam, senior PDP leader and former Minister Mohammad Ashraf Mir, Provincial President Youth Nazir Ahmad Yatoo and several others.
Welcoming Naseem into the party fold, the spokesman quoted Hanjura as having said that his entry will pave a new way for party’s overall growth and he expressed hope that the veteran politician will continue to work for the upliftment of the downtrodden sections of the society as he used to in the past.
Stressing for greater coordination between the party functionaries and workers, Hanjura said that PDP is once again going to register a remarkable victory in the coming polls and that the party will play a decisive role in state’s overall growth in future.
According to the spokesman, Hanjura said that in the entire political spectrum of Jammu and Kashmir, there could never be an alternative to the PDP, as the party alone has been pitching for the resolution of Kashmir issue as well as the good governance for the people who have been bearing the brunt of the decades-old conflict.
“The party president Mehbooba Mufti has been on every podium and on every pedestal demanding resolution of Kashmir issue, an end to bloodshed and mayhem and according to a peaceful and dignified life to the strife-torn masses of the state. Her courage, will and determination act as an inspiration for the party t0 continue its struggle for state’s permanent prosperity,” the spokesman quoted Hanjura in a statement as having said.
The spokesman said that the PDP General Secretary also expressed serious concern over the present tumultuous situation in Kashmir and how governor administration instead of pacifying the situation is turning it more sultry and worrisome. He demanded an immediate end to unprecedented arrests, torture and harassment that has become rampant in Kashmir at present, cautioning that if immediate measures aren’t taken, PDP will hit the streets against such state of lawlessness in which Kashmir has been plunged.
Budgam residents protest against unscheduled power cuts
Srinagar, Jan 23: The residents of Panzan and Raipora villages of central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Wednesday blocked the road connecting headquarters Budgam to protest against the unscheduled power cuts in the area.
Reports said that scores of the residents from both the villages assembled and blocked the main road, hampering the traffic movement for hours.
The residents while chanting anti-governmental and anti-PDD slogans complained about the unscheduled power cuts in the area and appealed the concerned authorities to look into the matter.
The protesting residents said that despite repeated requests to the authorities there were no initiatives taken by them.