Dear Mantriji, We could do with a little more empathy please

A great article that moved me today, from which some of the quotes below have been taken —

1. “Pareshan hone wale hote rahe. Main to mast rehta hoon”, MP Home Minister Babulal Gaur, on Vyapam deaths

2. “death is a natural occurrence. One who has been born will die. It’s mrityulok.”, MP Home Minister Babulal Gaur, on Vyapam deaths

3. “Patrakar vatrakar kya hota hai … humse bada hai patrakar kya?”, MP Cabinet minister, Kailash Vijayvargiya, on Vyapam deaths

4. “Only when Sitaji crossed the Lakshman Rekha, she was kidnapped by Ravan… If Sitaji [woman] crosses the Lakshman Rekha, then Sitaharan [abduction] is bound to take place as Ravans are out there”, MP Cabinet Minister, Kailash Vijayvargiya, on rising spate of crimes against women

5. “Just because India got freedom at midnight, is it necessary for women to move on the streets at midnight?”, APCC head Botsa Satyanarayana

6. “Ami shuney niyechhi. Apni beshi kotha bolben na, chope! (I’ve listened to everything. You don’t talk too much, shut up),” WB CM, Mamata Banerjee, to village women in Kamdhuni when they represented their grievances on Unlit roads & liquor dens

7. “Aapko toh khatra nahin hua? (it’s not as if you faced any danger?)” UP CM, Akhilesh Yadav on the Badaum Gangrape & murder of two teenage girls

8. “Dented and painted women protesting in Delhi for two minutes fame”, Congress MP and Honorable President Pranab Mukherjee’s son Abhijit Mukherjee on the women march, protesting deteriorating law & order & ensuing gangrape in Delhi

9. “Park Street case not rape, misunderstanding in sexual deal” WB TMC MP, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, when an Anglo-Indian woman was allegedly raped at gunpoint in a moving car in the early hours of February 6 by a gang of five after picking her up from Park Street area.
( (And the IPS officer, Ms. Damayanti Sen, who actually caught 3 of the 5 accused, has been transferred 3 times since then!)

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