Having been at the receiving end of opposition attacks for incidents of rape in Delhi when it was in power, the Congress on Monday used the Uber rape case to hit out at the Narendra Modi government. The party claimed there has been a 15 per cent increase in incidents of rape in Delhi this year as compared to last year.
“Incidents of rape should be a matter of shame for any government. But, Prime Minister Modi has not spoken anything about it so far. When he was the PM candidate, Modi had dubbed Delhi as the rape capital. The BJP’s campaign slogan was ‘bahut hua naari par waar, abki baar Modi sarkaar’. So, we are now demanding answers from the Modi government,” Congress spokesperson Shakeel Ahmad said.
He quoted an answer provided by the Home Ministry in Rajya Sabha earlier this month to back his claim that there has been a 15 per cent increase in rape cases in Delhi.
According to the statement by Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Chaudhary, a total of 13,230 cases of “crime against women” were registered up to November 15 this year as compared to 11,479 in the corresponding period last year.
“After the incident of a woman’s rape in a cab, two more incidents have been reported in Delhi,” he said.
The Congress also questioned the logic behind the move to cancel Uber’s permission to operate in Delhi. “This logic is not understandable. Will you cancel the permit of a bus if a rape happens in a bus and will you stop the Metro if a rape happens in it?” Ahmed said.