Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his prolonged silence over the high-profile rape cases of Kathua and Unnao.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Singh said that PM Modi “should follow his own advice to me” and “speak more often”.
Dr Singh said that he was glad that PM Modi finally broke his silence last Friday at an event in Delhi commemorating the birth anniversary of Dr. BR Ambedkar, when he said the “daughters of India” will get justice and the guilty won’t be spared.
When asked about the taunts he faced by the BJP, calling him ‘Maun-Mohan Singh’ when he was accused of maintaining silence on several issues during the last months of his government, Dr Singh said that he “had lived with comments like these his whole life”.
He said, “But I think the Prime Minister should follow his own advice to me and he should speak more often. Through press (reports) I know that he used to criticize me for not speaking up. I feel that the advice that he used to give me, he should follow it himself.”
Singh added that PM Modi’s failure to speak up earlier had allowed people to think that they could get away without stern action being taken against them. “I do feel that those in authority must speak up in time (so as) to give a lead to their followers,” he said.
In the wake of the Delhi gangrape in 2012, the then central government, led by Singh, had taken several steps by amending the laws around rape, added Dr. Singh.