West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday led a protest march in Kolkata to condemn the Hathras rape and murder incident that has led to outrage across the country and beyond.
Speaking to a gathering ahead of her march, Banerjee said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been unleashing terror and atrocities against people, especially the weak and the Dalits. “They show sympathy towards the poor only when the election comes, and then they also talk about war,” said Banerjee. She said that the Hathras incident showed the brutality of the Yogi Adityanath government. “A young girl was raped and killed, and the government instead of standing by the family, cremated the body in secrecy. What kind of brutality is this!” she wondered.
The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has been criticised for the brutal handling of case of rape and murder of the 20-year-old woman. The gang-raped woman who died on Tuesday was cremated in the dead of night by the police without the family’s presence. The UP Police took away her body from the hospital to the village and cremated the body forcibly and locked the family in their home. The brutal killing and the inhuman, forcible cremation has led to nation-wide anger.
Banerjee while leading the protest rally in Kolkata, said that the BJP government in states where they are in power, and the government at the Centre, were engineering a pandemic of atrocities. “The real pandemic are the atrocities by the BJP,” she said. She “reminded” people of the brutality of the Delhi riots and how violence was being unleashed in different parts of the country under BJP rule.