'Question your sons', says Modi amid ongoing rape outrage in India

Lloyd Doyle
April 20, 2018

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday pitched India's interest for the development of small island nations at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) here. "This is Modi. When someone has put a terror export factory in place and makes attempts to attack us from the back, Modi knows how to answer in the same language", Modi said.

In a veiled attack on Congress and the opposition parties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that he "welcomed criticism" and said it was a like a "goldmine for him" but "nowadays criticism has taken form of allegations".

While a Tamil group protested against government policies in the region, two women couldn't stop singing Modi's praises.

"The Queen herself wrote a personal letter to me, a matter of great pride for India", Modi had said during his Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath diaspora event in London last evening.

The prime minister said the recent cases of sexual assault were a matter of shame for India.

"When a child is raped. we can not compare these incidents in numbers for different governments", he said at an interaction with London's Indian community at the Central Hall Westminster, NDTV reported. He said Pakistani authorities were initially hesitant to take the calls but came on line around 12 noon the next day after which the media was informed about them. People do not do the research necessary to be able to criticise in a robust way. Some of the other world leaders expected to have one-on-one deliberations with Modi include Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Michael Holness. That is shameful. We can not say there were this many rapes in our government and that many of yours. "I don't feel bad about it", he added.

"Every time in our country, it is always the woman who is questioned. Your criticism is a gold mine to me", said PM Modi. "So we made sure we are here today to show our support", said Jasoda Wagjiani. So, as we tackle these challenges, I want to hear from everyone, and everyone will have a chance to speak. It is the other way around and India is backing terrorists in Pakistan.

Closer home, the Indian Prime Minister spoke of how New Delhi has played its role in the Rohingya refugee crisis by sending aid to Bangladesh. "Days of incremental change are over", Modi said, responding to a series of questions anchored by Prasoon Joshi, chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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