On the issue of increasing crimes against women across the country, Rajya Sabha MP Jaya Bachchan on Thursday took a tough stance igniting a fierce debate with Union Minister of State for Women and Child Development Virendra Kumar.
Citing a report from Reuters which said that India was the most unsafe country for women in the world, Bachchan said in the Upper House that it was ‘shameful.’ She also asked if the government will present a report on the Kathua gangrape and murder case and a white paper on women’s safety.
Interestingly, her husband, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, was slammed for refusing to condemn the brutal gang-rape and murder of an 8-year-old child in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district. Bachchan was widely condemned for his silence with some actors including Pooja Bhatt and Prakash with the latter calling him cowardly.
Actor Prakash Raj had launched a blistering attack against him calling the actor coward for his refusal to speak up against barbaric gang-rape and murder of an 8-year-old child in Kathua by right-wing Hindutva fanatics.
Raj’s attack had not come in isolation. Earlier, as reported by Janta Ka Reporter, actor Pooja Bhatt too slammed the Bollywood megastar for his silence on the recent rape cases particularly the gang-rape and murder of an 8-year-old child in Kathua and the rape of an 18-year-old girl allegedly by a BJP MLA in Uttar Pradesh.
Bachchan, the brand ambassador of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (Save daughters, educate daughters) had astonishingly chided a reporter on Friday when she asked him to comment on the recent rape cases.
When asked to comment on Kathua gang-rape and murder, Bachchan had told the journalist to not ‘bring up this issue.’ “Even discussing this issue feels disgusting, don’t bring up this issue. It is terrible to even talk about it,” Bachchan was quoted by ANI.