Chandigarh stalking case: Varnika not at fault, says Haryana BJP MLA

The incident had prompted widespread outrage but the Haryana unit of the BJP had stood by its state president Subhash Barala, saying he was not at fault in the matter. However, BJP MP Rajkumar Saini had said Subhash Barala should resign from the party post on moral grounds.

Written by SUKHBIR SIWACH | Chandigarh | Published:August 13, 2017 1:55 am
Chandigarh stalking case, Virender Kundu, Vikas Barala arrested, BJP Lauding the courage of Varnika Kundu, Prem Lata said, “She was returning home after work. She was not at fault and succeeded in saving herself… otherwise anything could have happened. It’s in our interest that girls get maximum freedom. Then such incidents will not occur.” (Photo: PTI)

FOR THE first time after the alleged stalking incident in Chandigarh involving Haryana BJP president Subhash Barala’s son Vikas Barala, a BJP MLA from the state has come out in support of the victim, Varnika Kundu.
MLA from Uchana Kalan constituency of Jind district, Prem Lata, wife of Union Minister of Steel Birender Singh, said on Saturday, “There was no fault on the part of girl and the blame lies on those who chased her.” The BJP has 47 MLAs in the 90-member Assembly.

The MLA was speaking at Rohtak after a function organised to unveil a 63-ft-tall metal statue of farmer leader Sir Chhotu Ram at his birthplace Garhi Sampla village in the district. Birender Singh, grandson of Chhotu Ram, also spoke at the function. Lata made a reference to a recent Bollywood movie, Pink, while talking about the alleged stalking incident. She said, “The incident is reminiscent of the storyline of Pink, which is based on three women in Delhi.”

Lauding the courage of Varnika Kundu, Prem Lata said, “She was returning home after work. She was not at fault and succeeded in saving herself… otherwise anything could have happened. It’s in our interest that girls get maximum freedom. Then such incidents will not occur.” She added that the law would take a call on the punishment of the accused. Vikas Barala and his friend Ashish Kumar were arrested for allegedly stalking Varnika, daughter of senior IAS officer VS Kundu, on the intervening night of August 4-5.

The incident had prompted widespread outrage but the Haryana unit of the BJP had stood by its state president Subhash Barala, saying he was not at fault in the matter. However, BJP MP Rajkumar Saini had said Subhash Barala should resign from the party post on moral grounds.

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    Sham
    Aug 15, 2017 at 12:44 am
    People like you Mr. Chandra Sakaran will never understand a basic right of a woman. If you and male chauvinist like you are getting turn on by looking at woman who is not dressed according to your so called rule book then go and castrate yourself. A mass castration is required for people like you and that would be the best utilization of tax payers money. If a lady drinks in midnight then that has nothing to do with your F king business. You really need a high voltage electricity wire in your royal a s!
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    Chandra Sekaran VT
    Aug 13, 2017 at 7:45 am
    When a lady goes at midnight may be drunk too,what kind of protection the state should provide to that unruly woman.Can police protect when a man roams in midnight with Wade's of notes in his upper pocket.Can Electricity board offer protection when somebody touches a High tension cable.Can anybody protect a lady when she says she will walk on a high way in the middle.This kind of at ude is wrong both of this lady and her parents.Police or stateshall not protect a woman who drinks and roams around in the midnight.The tax collected should be put to better use.
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    Pratibha Pasricha
    Aug 13, 2017 at 2:21 am
    All the best to Varnika Kundu. Now friends get me justice against Mr Kundu who misused his position to deny me justice as a woman.I have proofs against him.
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