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The two girls, probably aged 12 and 14, were gang raped when they went into the fields to go to the toilet, as many poor people in India are obliged to do. After being raped they were then hung from a tree by their own scarves. Pathology reports say they were alive when hanged.

The two girls, probably aged 12 and 14, were gang raped when they went into the fields to go to the toilet, as many poor people in India are obliged to do. After being raped they were then hung from a tree by their own scarves. Pathology reports say they were alive when hanged. Villagers gathered around the bodies to prevent authorities from removing them.

Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Babulal Gaur has described rape as a social crime, saying “sometimes it’s right, sometimes it’s wrong”, in the latest controversial remarks by an Indian politician about rape. In a country where a rape is REPORTED every 21 minutes (against many, many more that go unreported) his remarks are breathtaking for their stupidity.

Akhilesh Yadav, chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, where two cousins aged 12 and 14 were raped and hanged last week, has faced criticism for failing to visit the scene and for accusing the media of hyping the story.

Gaur, who is from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said that the crime of rape can only be considered to have been committed if it is reported to police.

“This is a social crime which depends on men and women. Sometimes it’s right, sometimes it’s wrong,” said Gaur, the home minister responsible for law and order in BJP-run Madhya Pradesh.

“Until there’s a complaint, nothing can happen,” Gaur told reporters.

Photographs of the two girls held in the hands of the father of Murti and the uncle of Pushpa (left). They were utterly innocent, and they were people, not a statistic.

Photographs of the two girls held in the hands of the father of Murti and the uncle of Pushpa (left). They were utterly innocent, and they were people, not a statistic.

Astonishingly, Gaur also expressed sympathy with Mulayam Singh Yadav, head of the regional Samajwadi Party. In the recent election, Mulayam criticised legal changes that foresee the death penalty for gang rape, saying: “Boys commit mistakes: Will they be hanged for rape?”

Babulal Gaur


The BJP dismissed Gaur’s comments as an expression of his personal views, and not the party’s. Nevertheless, this foolish man has form, as can be seen in this story where he ascribes rape to the clothes women wear and their lack of religious attendance. Perhaps he might care to comment on what was wrong with the clothing warned by the CHILDREN in the photograph above?

Modi, who was sworn in as prime minister last week after a landslide election victory, has so far remained silent over the double killing in the village of Katra Shahadatganj, around half a day’s drive east of New Delhi. We say he should use his new-found authority to take a stand against the rape culture that clearly suffuses Indian society.

The father and uncle of one of the victims said they tried to report the crime to local police as soon as it was realised the girl’s were missing but they had been turned away.

Three men have been arrested over the killings. Two policemen were also held on suspicion of trying to cover up the crime.

Although a rape is reported in India every 21 minutes on average, law enforcement failures mean that such crimes – a symptom of pervasive sexual and caste oppression – are often not reported or properly investigated, human rights groups say.

More sex crimes have come to light in recent days. A woman in a nearby district of Uttar Pradesh was gang-raped, forced to drink acid and strangled to death. Another was shot dead in northeast India while resisting attackers, media reports said.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said he was “especially appalled” by the rape and murder of the two girls.

“We say no to the dismissive, destructive attitude of, ‘Boys will be boys’,” he said in a statement this week that made clear his contempt for the language used by Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Prime Minister Modi, the world is watching, and waiting. We respectfully call on you to publicly distance yourself from these idiotic remarks, to discipline the people concerned, and to lead a movement to rid India of this curse. Then, at least, the despicable rape and murder of these young people may lead to some good, even if that will be cold comfort to their friends and families.

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Narendra Modi addresses an election rally in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Narendra Modi, the winning prime ministerial candidate of India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the 2014 general elections, is seen as India’s most divisive politician – loved and loathed in equal measure.

Mr Modi, who has been chief minister of the western state of Gujarat since 2001, is seen as a dynamic and efficient leader who has made his state an economic powerhouse.

But he also is accused of doing little to stop the 2002 religious riots when more than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed – allegations he has consistently denied.

When he was named as the head of the BJP’s campaign last June, the Janata Dal United (JD-U), a key ally of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, pulled out fearing that it would lose the support of Muslims in the state of Bihar, where it ran a coalition government.

Mr Modi became an international pariah after the riots – the US denied him visas and the UK cut off all ties with him. But a decade later, the controversial politician has been reintegrated into the political mainstream.

Last year, US Ambassador to India Nancy Powell met Mr Modi to discuss the US-India relationship, regional security issues, human rights, and American trade and investment in India.

And in October 2012, the UK’s high commissioner in India met Mr Modi and invited him to address MPs in the House of Commons. Tory and Labour MPs defended their decision to invite Mr Modi to speak, saying his voice needed to be heard.

Mr Modi led the BJP’s campaign for the April-May general election from the front – he says headdressed 440 rallies across India.

At his packed election meetings, supporters wore his face masks and tea was offered at more than 1,000 stalls across India in paper cups with Mr Mod’s pictures on them.

He also used social media effectively, even resorting to 3D holograms to communicate directly to voters.

A brilliant speaker, the Hindu hardline party’s poster boy is often called the BJP’s brightest star, and his supporters began a spirited “Modi-for-PM” campaign long before the party overcame some stiff internal differences to anoint him as its candidate.

Many Indians, however, say they cannot accept Mr Modi as prime minister because of his alleged role in the Gujarat riots.

Although he has escaped censure so far, his close aide, Maya Kodnani, was convicted and sent to jail for 28 years.

Ms Kodnani was not a minister at the time of the riots, but was appointed junior minister for women and child development by Mr Modi in 2007.

His critics have accused him of “rewarding her with the ministership” for her role in the riots.


An Indian worker poses with masks bearing the face of BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi at a printing press near Ahmedabad on March 31, 2014

At Narendra Modi’s election rallies, hundreds turn up wearing his face masks

Mr Modi may polarise public opinion in India and abroad, but he has also been credited for bringing prosperity and development to Gujarat and enjoys support from some of India’s top industrialists.

The state’s economy has been growing steadily, and Mr Modi’s image is that of a clean and efficient administrator who is corruption-free.

As a result, he has been re-elected three times as chief minister.

When he was first re-elected in December 2002, a few months after the riots, his biggest gains were in the areas of inter-communal violence; he campaigned openly on a platform of hardline Hinduism.

But in the state elections held in 2007 and 2012, he talked mostly about growth.


While those who benefited during his time as chief minister applauded his return to power, for the victims of the 2002 riots, his victory was just one more symbol of injustice.

He has never expressed any remorse or offered any apologies for the riots, and many Muslims displaced by the violence continue to live in ghettos near Ahmedabad, Gujarat’s largest city and commercial capital.

Mr Modi’s personal life has also been under scrutiny, with critics accusing him of deserting his wife Jashodaben.

He was 17 when the arranged marriage took place but the couple barely lived together. Mr Modi himself has always avoided questions about his personal life amid suggestions he wished to appear celibate for Hindu nationalist reasons.

In the run-up to the election, for the first time he publicly admitted that he was married.

RSS support

Analysts say the reason Mr Modi remains unscathed is the strong support he enjoys among senior leaders in the right-wing Hindu organisation, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

The RSS, founded in the 1920s with a clear objective to make India a Hindu nation, functions as an ideological fountainhead to a host of hardline Hindu groups – including Mr Modi’s BJP with which it has close ties.


Supporters of Narendra Modi, PM candidate for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Gujarat's chief minister, attend a rally in Amroha, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh March 29, 2014
The RSS has a particularly strong base in Gujarat, and Mr Modi’s ties to it were seen as a strength the organisation could tap into when he joined the state unit of the BJP in the 1980s.

Mr Modi has a formidable reputation as a party organiser, along with an ability for secrecy, which comes from years of training as an RSS “pracharak” or propagandist, analysts say.

He got his big break in the public arena when his predecessor in the state was forced to step down in the fallout from the earthquake in January 2001 that killed nearly 20,000 people.

And Mr Modi’s colourful website beckons users in with more than a nod to his muscular nationalist campaign: “India First!” it proclaims to visitors.

Wellthisiswhatithink says: It remains to be seen whether Mr Modi can overcome his controversial past and unite this very complex nation. A period of uncertainty inevitably follows, which is never helpful in the sub-continent. His win will be popular with business, but it remains to be seen whether he can pull together the disparate strands of Hindu nationalism with the country’s many minority groups or broadly inspire the working class.