Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju criticized the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for accusing the media of highlighting such cases occurring in the state while ignoring similar cases happening in other states. (JPN/Agencies)
On being asked about Yadav's comment against media for highlighting cases occurring in UP, Rijiju said, "Such shameful incidents should not be seen by numbers. Even one such incident shouldn't take place."
"Why can't such incidents be prevented?" the Minister asked.
Amid nation-wide outrage over Badaun gang-rape and murder incident, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister on Tuesday said, "I have said this several times that incidents of the state are publicized more. Such incidents do not happen in UP alone.”
Reacting to this, Rijiju, while talking to media outside Parliament, said, "Any incident happening in any part of the country is a concern for all of us. The situation which we have seen and observed in the past few days, in fact over the past few years in UP, is definitely a cause of concern for all of us especially the Ministry of Home Affairs.”
"So we expect the Uttar Pradesh government will take prompt action on this kind of serious and heinous crimes being committed," Rijiju added.
He was reacting to a volley of questions related to series of incidents involving crime against women in Uttar Pradesh.
On being asked whether the Centre will consider demand that President's rule should be imposed in the Samajwadi Party-ruled state, he said, "The President's rule and all these issue are larger dimensions which I cannot just comment on that.”
In a strongly-worded message to Akhilesh Yadav-led government, Rijiju said that "the kind of situation which we see in Uttar Pradesh must be dealt by the state government."
"There is nothing that we can take suo motu action because we have to have faith on the state agencies. And the expectation on the part of the MHA is that the action must be prompt," the MoS Home said.
Badaun gang-rape incident is a stark reminder of some the most brutal incidents of sexual crimes in India, attracted widespread national attention and a clamour for action against the accused grew louder.
Under-fire Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party government has already ordered a probe into the ghastly incident, apart from announcing compensation for the victims’ family.
Three accused have been arrested in this connection which underlines the repeated incidents of sexual crimes in India.
Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju criticized the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for accusing the media of highlighting such cases occurring in the state while ignoring similar cases happening in other states.