The brutal gang-rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua and a BJP MLA’s alleged involvement in raping a teenager in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao appear to have caused an unprecedented shame for the saffron party across India.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told reporters on Friday that he had seen reports about the “horrific case” of the abuse and murder of the nomadic Bakerwal community girl in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua.
“We very much hope that the authorities will bring the perpetrators to justice so they can be held accountable for the murder of this young girl,” he said.
What has also increased the public’s anger against the BJP was how two cabinet ministers of the BJP in Kathua joined the Hindutva gang, who were protesting in support of the rapists and murderers. More than a month after their condemnable act and global outcry, the BJP finally agreed to remove them from the Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday night.
It also took repeated demands from the opposition parties, commentators and activists for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to break his silence on the two recent incidents that have caused an unending shame for the country globally.
Residents in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday put up posters warning that the BJP leaders were not allowed in their neighbourhood since ‘women and girls’ live there. A report by ANI said that the residents of Shivkuti colony in Allahabad put up posters outside their houses, stating ‘entry of politicians and members of BJP is prohibited’. Locals, the report added, said that this had been done due to the alleged role of BJP functionaries in increasing number of rapes and crime against women.
Similar posters were shared on social media from around the country under trending hashtag #GirlsUnderThreat. Here are some examples;
If there’s BJP-RSS & Sangh Parivar,
The Entire Country Has Learnt that
Girls are Not Safe with Sanghis in Power
Pic 1: In Allahabad
Pic 2: In Nagpur pic.twitter.com/5u5IV0HWmC
— Geet V (@geetv79) April 14, 2018
Since 2014, morning walks were considered to be one of most dangerous activities.
But from today, every walks of life is in danger!
— Amaranth (@iAmaranth22) April 14, 2018
Man, this is spreading like wildfire! ? pic.twitter.com/IESV0aEzDh
— A_B (@CallMeArpan) April 14, 2018
More photos from Chengannur, Kerala where by-election is going to be held soon. Posters read: “BJP cadres are not welcome here/ stay outside. Girls below 10 years are in house”#Unnao #Kathua@balusunil2 @Shehla_Rashid @UmarKhalidJNU @AejazJnu @preetigulati28 @pherozevincent pic.twitter.com/pWarJT9Bzy
— Nisam Asaf (@nisamasaf) April 13, 2018