Modi discusses rapes in India, asks why boys aren't questioned on whereabouts

Sergio Conner
April 21, 2018

India's opposition party, Congress, has asked citizens to observe "Black Day" Tuesday to condemn the violence against women and the two recent rapes, the Uttar Pradesh's Unnao rape case, and the Kathua rape case, which have left the nation outraged.

During the event, the PM also interacted with the Indian diaspora and took many questions on the current scenario in India after several incidents of rape-similar to that of Nirbhaya-surfaced. "The rape of a (daughter) is a matter of worry, a shame for the country", NDTV quoted PM Modi as saying. "We must ask our sons too".

India's top court on Monday also requested that the Jammu and Kashmir government provide security to the family of Bano, along with the lawyer working on the case as they have faced death threats with increasing pressure mounting on the authorities to solve the case.

Scores of Indian-Americans, including women and children, turned up for a peaceful protest at the Gandhi Statue in front of Indian Embassy in Washington to express their "outrage and disgust" over the gang-rape and murder of the young girls in Kathua and Unnao.

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Modi's reticence risks carrying stain of rape into India's election year: As India's rape epidemic gets worse by the year, critics have pointed fingers at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government for not doing enough to protect the country's women.

"When a child is raped. we can not compare these incidents in numbers for different governments". "Rape flies in the face of Hindu values, and thus compels us to offer condolences and compassion to victims and their families, and simultaneously work to ensure that the law and law enforcement work impartially and efficiently to deliver justice".

"Friends in DC, plz join a protest in front of Indian Embassy, Wednesday Apr 18 from 4 pm to 7 pm called by Alliance for Justice and Accountability to demand #JusticeForAsifa", tweeted Shehla Rashid, former vice-president, Jawaharlal Nehru University's students' union, Delhi.

The protesting students also held a signature campaign against the culprits.

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