Pak made Jadav's wife, mom look like widows: Sushma

Pak made Jadav's wife, mom look like widows: Sushma

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj informed Parliament on Thursday that when former navy officer Kulbhusan Jadav saw his mother without 'mangalsutra', bangles and 'bindi', he thought his father may have passed away.

"Bangles, bindi and 'mangalsutras' of the mother and wife were removed. The married women were made to look like widows. I spoke to her (Jadav's mother), she told me that as soon as she reached the meeting room, Jadhav asked her 'baba kaise hain?' because he thought a mishap has taken place when he was not around," she said.

In both Houses of Parliament, Sushma gave a detailed and stinging account of the harrowing experience that Jadav's mother and wife faced in Islamabad on Monday.

Jadav is on a death row in Pakistan for espionage. The execution was stayed by the International Court of Justice in May.

"Under the pretext of security precautions, even the attire of the family members was changed. Jadhav's mother, who only wears saree, was given salwar and kurta when she met her son after 22 months," Sushma said.

Indian Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan J P Singh, who accompanied the women, was not allowed near Jadav's mother and wife when they were asked to change their attire. Otherwise, he would have opposed it, the minister said.

Citing several examples of violation of mutually agreed protocols for the meeting by Pakistan, Sushma said a meeting between a mother and her son and a wife with her husband was turned into a propaganda tool by Pakistan.

The local media was given an opportunity to harass the two ladies, she said.

"Jadav's mother wanted to talk to her son in her mother tongue, Marathi, as this is clearly the natural medium of communication between a mother and son. However, she was not allowed to speak in Marathi. While doing so, she was repeatedly interrupted by the two Pakistani officials present in the meeting. When she persisted, the intercom was closed and she was prevented from proceeding further with the conversation in Marathi," Sushma said.

"Both humanity and compassion were missing during the meeting that was arranged on humanitarian and compassionate grounds," the minister added.

Both Houses of Parliament condemned Pakistan's behaviour.

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