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Punjab Education Minister Surjit Singh Rakhra says molestation death was ‘God’s will’

After the comments drew widespread criticism Rakhra denied claimed he was talking about crop failure.

Moga, Moga molestation, sukhbir singh badal, rakhra comment, punjab minister comment, minister comment, Moga girl molested, punjab molestation, moga rape, moga news, punjab news, india news Members of Sikh Youth Federation along with children taking out a candle light vigil against Moga Molestation case, in Amritsar on Friday. PTI Photo

Punjab’s Higher Education Minister Surjit Singh Rakhra triggered a wave of outrage on Saturday when he said that the death of 13-year-old Arshdeep Kaur, who was allegedly molested and pushed out of a bus owned by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal’s Orbit Aviation, was “God’s will”.

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After the comments, beamed by TV channels, drew widespread criticism, the minister denied making such a statement and claimed he was talking about crop failure.

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Talking to reporters in Patiala, Rakhra had said: “Nobody can stop accidents. Whatever happens is by God’s will. The incident was unfortunate but you cannot go against the nature’s will.”

Later, he told The Sunday Express, “I was asked about the status of wheat procurement in state. I said that is due to God’s will that inclement weather destroyed the crop in state.”

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Arshdeep’s grandmother Surjit Kaur outside the  Moga hospital. (Source: Express photo by Gurmeet Singh) Arshdeep’s grandmother Surjit Kaur outside the Moga hospital. (Source: Express photo by Gurmeet Singh)

“I was also asked about new girls’ colleges in state and students who meet with accidents on roads. I said that it is unfortunate and government needs to take precautions but we cannot stop all accidents and people, too, need to take precautions,” he said.

First published on: 03-05-2015 at 02:45:29 am
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