Sonia Gandhi politicising rape: BJP

Last Updated: Tue, Oct 09, 2012 16:23 hrs

A day when Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi met family members of a Dalit girl, who committed suicide after being gangraped in Haryana, India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday said she was trying to 'politicise' rape incidents in the north Indian state.

"It is very unfortunate that Sonia Gandhi is trying to politicise the unfortunate incidents of dishonouring and raping of women in Haryana," BJP leader Balbir Punj told media.

"Sonia Gandhi is sitting at a position where she doesn´t have to say anything, she has to perform, she has to do and she has to deliver," he said.

"The least she could have done is to pull up the Chief Minister," Punj said.

Gandhi visited Jind district in Haryana and met the family members of a Dalit girl. She also assured them of providing all possible help.

She condemned the rape incidents and said strict actions will be taken against the ´accused´.

"I condemn these horrifying acts of rape...The accused should be severely punished," she said.

Gandhi rejected the recommendations of a Khap Panchayat on the issue of marriage saying ´the law is in the hands of the judiciary´.

"We have a democratic system here. We have a judiciary. The law is in the hands of the judiciary and nobody else," Gandhi told reporters on Tuesday.

She made the comments at a time when a Khap Panchayat in Haryana reportedly said marriageable age for girls should be decreased to 16 and it will help in reducing the rape cases in the north Indian state.

Pertinently, Khap Panchayat is a council of village elders who exercise significant amount of control over social norms and traditions in Indian villages.

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda also met the family members of the victim along with Gandhi.

As many as 11 rape incidents have occurred in the north Indian state in the past one month.

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