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Indian PM: Rape Should Not be Politicized

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (C) walks to speak with the media as he arrives to attend his first Parliament session in New Delhi, June 4, 2014.
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (C) walks to speak with the media as he arrives to attend his first Parliament session in New Delhi, June 4, 2014.
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India's new prime minister is urging lawmakers to stop "politicizing" rape and instead work together to ensure women's safety.

In his first speech to parliament Wednesday, Narendra Modi said "respecting and protecting women should be a priority of the 1.25 billion people in this country."

His remarks come just weeks after two teenage cousins were gang raped and killed, their bodies hung from a tree in the Baduan district of northern Uttar Pradesh state. Police failed to file a complaint or take action until villagers protested.

In the days since the May 28 attack, various politicians including Uttar Pradesh's Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadhav have made controversial statements on the issue of rape. When asked about a rise in rape cases in the northern state, Yadhav retorted to journalists "but you are safe, aren't you?"

And this week, the home minister of the western Indian state of Maharashtra, R. R. Patil reportedly said obscene images of women in advertisements were to blame for an increase in rapes. Another Indian minister insinuated that rapes happen accidentally.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Modi made his first public comments on the issue since the girls' rape and killing -- saying politicians were "playing with the dignity of women" when they make such remarks.

Modi told lawmakers, "all these incidents should make us introspect." He said "the government will have to act" and the "country won't wait and people won't forget."

Violence against women has received increasing attention in India since December 2012 when a 23-year-old woman died after being brutally gang-raped on a New Delhi bus.

The attack sparked huge protests across India and prompted the government to adopt tougher punishments for men who attack or harass women.

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by: Satish Chandra
June 11, 2014 9:58 PM
(2nd Update) A SUGGESTION TO THE UTTAR PRADESH CHIEF MINISTER

CIA-RAW had removed my comment from the following stories in TehelkaDOTcom:
1) from a story titled “Brutality Looks Like This” about a woman in India’s tribal Northeast having had her head blown off, because my comment refers to the physical assault and brutalization I suffered in a Harvard University seminar which I described in my letter dated July 27, 1982 to Indira Gandhi as prime minister as “the equivalent of an annihilatory nuclear first strike on India“; in her reply dated July 29, 1982, she wrote “Dear Mr. Chandra, I have received your letter dated July 27, 1982 and am passing it on to my Principal Secretary to deal with it. Sincerely, Indira Gandhi“ ;
2) from a story titled “Tyranny of U.P. and Bihar” because my comment refers to the tyranny, including 24-hour surveillance by satellite, forced starvation for up to 3 weeks at a time, etc. under which I have been living for the past 37 years.

The Uttar Pradesh chief minister has complained that the media only seem to see the rapes that occur in Uttar Pradesh. He should ask the media how much reporting they have done on the following (‘India’s Traitor Government and Media’ : IndiasTraitorGovtAndMediaDOTblogspotDOTcom ):-

""India's greatest scientist and greatest living Indian publicly tortured in Harvard seminar, systematically and totally starved for up to 3 weeks at a time, made semi-starved and homeless and even blind for years, kept under 24-hour audio and video surveillance as well as surveillance of [and interference with] communications and electrical typewriter and computer use, document creation and photocopying, etc., by satellite for more than past 3 decades, systematically harassed and in poverty and neutralised and robbed of his work at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars per year, robbed of crores in his money and property in India by C.I.A.-RAW, forced back into exile in the U.S., all with full cooperation and participation of India's RAW and India's C.I.A.-RAW-controlled prime ministers, politicians and media -- to keep India poor, weak and enslaved" and how this means the nuclear destruction of New Delhi and then the coast-to-coast destruction of the U.S.; see my blog titled 'Nuclear Supremacy For India Over U.S.' which can be found by a Yahoo/Google search with the title; my biography can be found in Marquis' Who's Who in the World, 2014 and earlier editions." In the past few years I have had India's nuclear forces emplace India's nuclear warheads in Washington, New York and other U.S. cities, ready to be exploded. Simultaneously destroying Washington, New York and New Delhi (RAW headquarters, South Block and North Block) with a warning that additional U.S. cities will be similarly destroyed, with nuclear warheads already emplaced in them, if there is any retaliation or sign of retaliation, will immediately make India the supreme military and economic power in the world even before implementing my proposal about money which can make India’s economy grow 30% per year or more. IndiasLegitimateRulerSatishChandraDOTblogspotDOTcom Satish Chandra

by: Hovhannes from: Montevideo
June 11, 2014 7:18 PM
Arresting and sending rapists to jail is the only way to stop rapes.

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