Delhi Gang Rape: Political parties slam US, UK for reviewing travel advisories

Last Updated: Tue, Jan 01, 2013 15:30 hrs

Political parties, including the Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP), on Tuesday slammed the United States of America and the United Kingdom for reviewing their travel advisories and asking their citizens to avoid a few areas here in view of the ongoing anti-rape protests in New Delhi.

Both countries have also asked their citizens to keep monitoring the news to avoid any confrontation with any demonstration in the vicinity.

Commenting on the issue, Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi assured the safety of all foreigners.

"The whole country, including Delhi is safe. If one incident has happened, then there is no need to panic like this. Our law and order are intact," said Alvi.

BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said it is an upsetting situation and such advisories should not have been issued.

"I don't think that such advisories should be issued. We have our own country and our own arrangements. But right now, the nation is angered and saddened as well," said Naqvi.

"Not only has the government's image gone down in the country, but the country's image has also gone in the rest of the world. The government is not ready to call an all-party meeting, nor a special session of the parliament, but only ready to discuss about it in the Congress office," said another BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain.

Samajwadi Party leader Kamal Farooqui said that the advisories were uncalled for and was an attempt to undermine the position of the country.

"The situations in Delhi are completely fine. Obviously, if there were democratic processions, then there would be traffic problems and inconvenience in travelling. But there has been no incident of violence or that any foreigner has been harmed by any of our youth. I believe this is uncalled for and they should withdraw it," said Farooqui.

In the advisories, American and British citizens have been asked to avoid the areas in and around central Delhi as persistent protests taking place after the December 16 incident in which a young paramedical student, severely beaten, raped and thrown out of a moving bus here. (ANI)

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