Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

20, mostly students, injured as anti-rape protests continue across Valley

20, mostly students, injured as anti-rape protests continue across Valley

This comes after Singh, often called the "silent PM" during his tenure, reportedly told a news daily, "Prime Minister (Modi) should follow his own advice to me and he should speak more often."Dr. Manmohan Singh, unlike your observation, when Prime Minister Modi says something it's heard and action is taken". "While protests over the brutal Kathua rape and murder are held across the world, but when we come out to protest, bullets and pellets are being showered upon us", she added.

Singh expressed his views in an interview with the Indian Express while speaking over the silence that Modi maintained following the rape cases in Kathua and Unnao that have enraged the entire country. "I do feel that those in authority must speak up in time (so as) to give a lead to their followers", he said.

"As the father of the minor girl has demanded, the case should be moved out from the Jammu High Court as there is not a conducive environment for a fair trial", said Syed Ashraf on behalf of Alliance for Justice and Accountability, which organized the protest outside the Indian mission here.

He also pointed out that the Congress government had amended laws surrounding heinous crimes following the 2012 Delhi gangrape.

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He said that there might have been huge pressures on her from her coalition partner, the BJP, to go slow on the matter, especially since two BJP ministers from her government had come out in favour of the rape accused.

To the unversed, the gruesome Kathua rape and murder case took place in January, when an eight-year-old girl was allegedly abducted, drugged, raped, tortured and bludgeoned to death in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district.

The former prime minister also slammed several BJP governments across states for "turning a blind eye" to issues around law and order, particularly the safety of women, Dalits and Muslims.

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