1. Bulandshahr gangrape case: Azam Khan faces furious backlash, apology demanded

Bulandshahr gangrape case: Azam Khan faces furious backlash, apology demanded

BJP and Congress came down heavily on Khan. Congress' Ragini Nayak demanded an apology form the minister for his comments.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: August 2, 2016 11:32 PM
Azam Khan, azam khan news, azam khan speech, supreme court, supreme court of india, up police, uttar pradesh police, uttar pradesh, facebook, azam khan sp, india latest news BJP and Congress came down heavily on Khan. Criticising Khan’s comment UP BJP chief K P Maurya said that he is doing politics over rape. “He is doing politics on gangrape now. It’s a matter of shame,” said Maurya. (Reuters)

In the wake of the insensitive comments by senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan against the victims of the Bulandshahr gangrape, in which he referred to the case as a political conspiracy, leaders across the political spectrum and people on social media slammed him and demanded an unconditional apology.

Khan said that if parties can organise riots for votes, rape is not a big thing. Khan said that there can be opposition’s hand in the case to defame the government. “Elections are near and a desperate opposition could stoop to any level to defame the government. We must also probe whether this entire controversy is a move by some Opposition elements to defame the government. People who want to come to power may be stooping this low for political interests,” the minister said addressing media.

The comments drew a a furious reaction from political leaders and the public. BJP and Congress came down heavily on Khan. Congress’ Ragini Nayak demanded an apology form the minister for his comments. “AzamKhan added insult to the injuries of #Bulandshahr gangrape victims n family. He must accept hs mistake n apologise #EndPoliticsOverRape(sic)” she tweeted.

Criticicing Khan’s comment, UP BJP chief K P Maurya said that he is doing politics over rape. “He is doing politics on gangrape now. It’s a matter of shame,” said Maurya. While party’s general secretary Vijay Bahadur Pathak remarked the statement as ‘outrageous’. “It was shameful that a senior minister like Khan has made such outrageous statements” said Pathak.

BJP National Secretary Shrikant Sharma also hit out at the state government over Khan’s comment. “It shows how low the ruling party in UP can stoop to for votes,” he said.

“Azam Khan has politicised a horrible incident like this. It shows how low this government and its leaders can stoop to get votes. If Akhilesh Yadav has any morality and shame left, then he should seek a CBI probe so that the victims can get justice,” he said.

BJP National Secretary Sidhartanath Singh said that the comments show SP government’s insensitivity towards heinous crimes. “Comments of #AzamKhan shows SP govt’s insensitivity towards heinous crimes like rape & raises larger Q on women safety in UP”.

The family of the victim mother-daughter duo also lashed out at Khan. Pained by insensitive statement, the father of minor victim asked, “Will Azam say the same thing about his family?”. Revealing the traumatised state of her daughter, he asked,”Will Azam Khan‬ call it a political conspiracy if his own kin were victims.”

The reactions elsewhere in the social sphere also targeted the SP leader and while some demanded he be sacked by CM Akhilesh Yadav, others said he must issue an apology.

Geetu ‏@monicamymail
@TimesNow #AzamKhan  poltics never over rapee she is someones daughter some ones wifeee
Ajit Anjum ‏@ajitanjum
आज जो बीजेपी नेता यूपी के गैंगरेप पर चीख़ रहे हैं, वही कल अपने राज्य की घटना पर मौन व्रत धारण कर लेंगे.रेप पर सियासत #Bulandshahr #AzamKhan
Sri Sri DC ‏@sri_sri_dc
Can’t politicians making insensitive statements also be tried at the same time along with d rapists? #AzamKhan  #EndPoliticsOverRape
Ram Krishna Pandey ‏@rkpdy23
The biggest problem in UP is #Samajwadiparty who give shelter to the criminals, rapist & politicians like #AzamKhan  #EndPoliticsOverRape
Manwendra ‏@ManwendraMishra
How people are being blind with Power and Politics, #AzamKhan is the best example of this numbness. #EndPoliticsOverRape
Ankit ‏@TheAnkitG
You are an embarrassment for this country #AzamKhan.  Just when you think he has reached his nadir, he comes back with something more worse.
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    parameswaran
    Aug 3, 2016 at 4:42 am
    sack him from cabinet halo akilesh pl ensure nasty criticism from a miinister ha ha rule rape after rapeis it a country british will laugh atus freedom for this nonsense shame shame to all
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