New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue of women's safety, saying it’s "a shame" that a survey found India to be leading in rape and violence against women.
Taking to microblogging site Twitter, the Congress president mocked Prime Minister Modi's fitness video and shared a CNN news report that said India is the "most dangerous" country for women. The report was based on a survey citing high incidence of rape and violence against women.
"While our PM tiptoes around his garden making Yoga videos, India leads Afghanistan, Syria and Saudi Arabia in rape and violence against women. What a shame for our country!" the Gandhi scion tweeted.
While our PM tiptoes around his garden making Yoga videos, India leads Afghanistan, Syria & Saudi Arabia in rape & violence against women. What a shame for our country! https://t.co/Ba8ZiwC0ad
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) June 26, 2018
The CNN report carried a survey by Thomson Reuters Foundation, which claimed that India is the most dangerous country in the world with high risk of menace like rape and human trafficking. The study further talked about India reporting maximum cases of forced marriage and sexual slavery.
According to the report, India is the most dangerous country in the world for “cultural traditions that impact women”. It referred to incidents of acid attacks, female genital mutilation and child marriage.
The latest attack by the Congress president on Modi government over women safety issue comes months after he led a midnight candlelight march at India Gate in the national capital over the issue. Asserting that women were living in India under fear, the Gandhi scion had urged the government to ensure their safety.
He had asked Prime Minister Modi to “walk the talk on Beti Bachao slogan”. "Today, India's women are afraid of coming out in public. Women and girls are being killed and raped. We want that the government should resolve this issue so that the Indian women can come out on the roads and live a life free of fear," Rahul had said.
Those gathered at the scene demanded urgent action against the perpetrators of Unnao and Kathua gangrape cases.