Rahul questions women's safety

Rahul questions women's safety

The BJP on Sunday poured scorn on Rahul Gandhi questioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi over safety of women in poll-bound Gujarat where the Congress is seeking to end the 22-year-old BJP rule.

Continuing with his 'question a day' series in the run up to the Gujarat assembly elections, Rahul on Sunday demanded answers over the reported failure of the Modi-led government in fulfilling the promises made to women voters.

"The women got neither safety, nor education or nutrition, but only exploitation. From Anganwadi to ASHA workers, everyone was disappointed.

Only promises were made to the women of Gujarat and it was never their intention to fulfill them," he said on Twitter.

He also tagged a picture carrying statistics on women safety, education and health.

"Why is Gujarat ranked 3rd in women trafficking, 5th in acid attacks and 10th in the rape of minor girls...Why are the two most important cities, Ahmedabad and Surat, ranked among the top ten in crime against women in India," he said referring to statistics put out by government agencies such as the National Crime Records Bureau.

BJP hits back

Bharatiya Janata Party leaders and Union Ministers Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Jitendra Singh were dismissive about the Congress vice president's remarks dubbing it as 'feudal fantasy' and 'non-serious'.

"Questions like these hardly deserve any response. The manner in which they are phrased - in a college-level poerty language does not smack of any seriousness," Singh, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office said.

He said Gujarat was one of the safest states in the country and wondered which part of the state had Rahul Gandhi visited to make such comments.

"I think he should get his script writers changed," Jitendra Singh said.

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