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After the BJP criticised Dahariya and the Congress for the feedback, the minister mentioned that his remarks had been “misconstrued”.

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Raipur: Chhattisgarh minister and Congress chief Shivkumar Dahariya has termed the alleged rape of a 14-year-old lady within the state’s Balrampur district as a “small” incident whereas speaking in regards to the Hathras case. After the BJP criticised Dahariya and the Congress for the feedback, the minister mentioned that his remarks had been “misconstrued”.

“(Former Chhattisgarh chief minister) Raman Singh is unaware that the big (rape) incident has occurred in Balrampur of Uttar Pradesh and not in Balrampur of Chhattisgarh,” he mentioned. “The incident happened here is different from that of Uttar Pradesh. Such a tragic incident occurred in Hathras but why Raman Singh did not tweet about it? Why did he keep mum? He should answer whether what happened in Hathras was good. And when any small incident happens in Balrampur in Chhattisgarh, he (Singh) is not doing anything else except criticising the state government,” the city administration minister advised reporters on Saturday.


He was responding to a question on tweets posted by Raman Singh on the latest incident of rape in Balrampur. However, he later clarified that his remarks had been misconstrued and he didn’t name the Balrampur rape a small incident.

“My remarks on big and small incidents were wrongly presented. I was actually referring to a sequence of incidents happening after the Hathras gang-rape. In Hathras incident, the Uttar Pradesh government did not provide proper treatment to the victim. The way attempts were made to hush up evidence in Hathras and the way the victim was cremated at night is inhuman and barbaric. Contrary to that, police in Balrampur (Chhattisgarh) immediately arrested the accused and the state government took a swift action,” he mentioned. “(Incidents of) rapes and atrocities, wherever they take place, are inhuman and they could not be tolerated. I never called rape incidents as small incidents,” he mentioned in a video launched on Saturday evening.

The opposition BJP has slammed the minister saying his feedback confirmed the “distorted mindset” of the state Congress. “See the ‘vikrit mansikta’ (distorted mindset) of @ INCChhattisgarh! They feel incidents of horror with daughters of Chhattisgarh are small incidents. @RahulGandhi ji should tell whether incidents of rape in Chhattisgarh are small for you (Gandhi) also? When will you remove a minister with such poor thinking? When will justice prevail?” BJP nationwide vice chairman Raman Singh tweeted in Hindi.

The BJP has additionally demanded an apology from the minister for his feedback. Earlier, Singh had accused the Congress authorities of making an attempt to suppress the alleged rape of a lady in Balrampur.

On September 27, a lady was allegedly sexually assaulted and crushed up by a 22-year-old man in Wadrafnagar space of Balrampur. Two individuals had been arrested within the case.

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