Delhi Police on Sunday arrived at the home of former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for questioning him, evoking a strong reaction from the grand old party.
The city police wanted to question Gandhi on the ‘sexual harassment victims’ that he had mentioned in this speech during the Bharat Jodo Yatra.
In Srinagar during the Yatra, Rahul Gandhi had talked about how women are still sexually assaulted in India.
“When I was walking, there were a lot of women who were crying… Few of them got emotional after seeing me…But there were women who told me they have been raped, they have been molested. Few said they were molested by their relatives/known persons. When I asked them if I should call the police, they told me no and said they wanted me to know. They didn’t want to inform the police because they said they would face more issues. So, this is the truth of our country,” Gandhi had said in Sri Nagar.
The police team led by Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Sagar Preet Hooda stood outside Gandhi’s home for over an hour before Gandhi met them. The police team then left, and Gandhi was seen leaving his house in his car soon after.
Hours after the incident, Congress top leadership alleged that the move was a clear case of “vendetta, intimidation and harassment” in order to create an atmosphere against the former Congress chief.
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot said that the Union government was setting a bad example by registering cases on statements of Opposition leaders made during political campaigns, adding that BJP leaders could face similar action over remarks made in states not ruled by it.
“The way they are behaving is not possible without a signal from the top,” Gehlot said. “Without the orders of Amit Shah and the Ministry of Home Affairs, the police would not dare do this. They have entered the residence of a national leader without any reason. And the police have done this despite the fact that he has already said that a response to its notice will be given.”