The Rape Politics in India is The New Vote Bank and Political Agenda

The 'Rape Politics' In India: Congress Move Naming Asha Singh Progressive or Political?
UNNAO, India - Jan. 18, 2022 - PRLog -- Rapes are not something that miss the headlines in our daily newspaper, however, rape politics in India is now taking a route to 'new India.' Last week, Congress nominated Asha Singh, the mother of the Unnao rape survivor, as a contestant in the UP Assembly polls ahead of the 2022 UP elections. Releasing the first list of 125 candidates, Congress names 50 women contestants. The list contains some known faces, including Sadaf Jafar, who was assaulted during the anti-CAA protests, journalist Nida Ahmad, Tamil actress Archana Gautam, Asha worker Poonam Pandey, and Ritu Singh, who was assaulted in the recently concluded panchayat elections. After releasing the contestants list, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi in a video conference said, "Our list sends a new message that if you are a victim of harassment and torture, the Congress will support you." There is no harm in giving ticket to the mother of a rape victim - but the question is - How its going to help and bring a change?

Be it congress or any other political party, will giving ticket to Asha Singh will bring a change? Will it prevent rapes in India? The answer might be No! Instead of such moves during elections, we need stricter laws and practical solutions that can make Indian daughters feel safe.

The Rape Politics

While the Congress calls it a "historic initiative" and a campaign for "women empowerment" and "gender" equality," the opposition calls it vote bank politics. Twitter users asked Congress why they have been ignoring rapes in Rajasthan and not visiting the rape victims there? Congress have been in a bad light recently for politicizing rapes and making their visit to several rape victims in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. During the Hathras case, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra made a visit to Hathras's victim family. The brother-sister duo, however, was stopped by the UP police owing to section 144 being imposed, which were later allowed to visit the family. Last year, Congress president Rahul Gandhi faced heat for sharing picture of family members of Delhi Cantt's rape victim, citing violation provisions of the POCSO Act. Vineet Jindal, a  Delhi-based lawyer filed a case against Rahul Gandhi for sharing the pictures of alleged rape victim's family members on Twitter. Following the case, Twitter temporarily "locked" Rahul Gandhi's Twitter account after the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) issued a notice to Twitter against Rahul Gandhi.

Why Naming Asha Singh Could be a Political Move?

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