Union Minister of Women and Child Development Smriti Irani, who visited Varanasi on Saturday was shouted at by Congress and Samajwadi Party workers as they tried to block her cavalcade protesting against the gang rape and murder of a 20-year-old Dalit woman in Hathras district, Uttar Pradesh, last month.
The congress workers protested against Irani and tried to block her cavalcade for her alleged comment on Rahul Gandhi’s visit to the victim’s home. The Congress workers chanted “Smriti Irani go back” and “we want justice”. They were later arrested for disrupting the minister’s visit.
The minister had earlier said: “I cannot stop a leader in a democratic nation but people understand that their visit to Hathras is for their politics and not for justice to the victim,” she said, referring to Congress leader’s Rahul Gandhi’s visit to the rape complainant’s town. “People are aware of the Congress’ tactics, that’s why they ensured a historic win for the BJP in 2019 elections.”
Irani, who was in Varanasi to meet the farmers and agriculture scientists also had to brave the protest by the women’s wing of the Samajwadi Party the moment she reached the venue of the event. The minister assured that their concerns would be addressed.
“I have myself talked to the Chief Minister and also seen that an SIT has been constituted and action has already been taken against the superintendent of police of the district,” Irani said. “I believe that action will be taken against all those who interfered or conspired to see that the victim does not get justice once the report of the SIT is received.”