Trinamool Congress spokesman Kunal Ghosh has demanded an apology from the Union Home Office after two Members of the Border Security Forces have been arrested for rape. BSF staff were arrested Friday night for allegedly raping a woman near the Indo-Bangladesh border in Bagda, North 24 Parganas.
Condemning the incident, Kunal Ghosh said: “BSF jawan, who is supposed to stop smuggling at the international border, is raping a Bengali woman and throwing her child away. And Trinamool has been slandered on coal and cattle charges! How the cattle being smuggled? There is BSF at the border, but how is the cattle smuggled?
He said, “The central government has forcibly interfered with states’ rights and increased the area of BSF from 15 km to 50 km. This area has been extended for political and dishonest purposes.
Calling for an apology from the Union Home Office, TMC spokesman Kunal Ghosh said: “Who is responsible if cattle are smuggled despite BSF being present at the international border? BSF falls under the Union Home Ministry.The Union Home Minister is Amit Shah, so Amit Shah should apologize as the Union Home Minister of India. Because BSF is a force under your ministry.
Targeting Prime Minister Modi and the central government, Kunal Ghosh said: “On August 15, the day the Prime Minister spoke on women’s freedom, the BJP government in Gujarat released the rapists and murderers of Bilkis Bano. So where is the respect for women “The BJP has never learned to respect women. This incident is another proof of the BJP’s disrespectful attitude towards women.”
TMC has called for strict action against BSF staff arrested for rape.
Kunal Ghosh said, “We respect the Border Security Forces, but not the BJP Security Forces. The poor men in the village are employed in the BJP Security Forces. Qualified and experienced BSF jawans are left to ensure the security of the BJP leaders, while the others are sent to guard the border.Therefore, the quality of the force worsens and is compromised.
The TMC spokesperson said, “Let the BSF do their job, guard the border, instead of doing this they are spreading panic in the village area. Villagers are afraid of BSFs for all these reasons.
“The BSF should apologize immediately for this disgraceful incident. Amit Shah, as Union Home Minister, should apologize. The BSF has committed a terrible incident in Baghdah,” said the head of the TMC, Kunal Ghosh.
TMC Rajya Sabha MP Sushmita Dev also condemned the incident and said, “Women’s safety and security CANNOT be confined to lectures and flowery speeches. AITC strongly condemns the appalling incident in Baghdah where a BSF jawan and an officer allegedly raped a woman.
(With contributions from Rittick Mondal)
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