Union minister Uma Bharti suggested on Friday that the men who raped two women off a national highway in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr last year be punished publicly.
The minister for water resources also questioned the Samajwadi Party government for allowing bail to the accused. The region goes to the polls on Saturday and the BJP is fighting against the SP-Congress combine and the Bahujan Samaj Party.
“Salt should be applied to their (accused) wounds to make them feel the pain,” she said while addressing a public meeting here.
The rape had triggered nationwide outrage, especially over alleged police inaction when an emergency call was made, and was seen as a mark of deteriorating law and order under the SP administration.
“The SP-Congress alliance is of two parties fearing defeat and has no seriousness. One has looted the state while the other has caused losses to the nation through scams,” alleged Bharti.
She further said that the nation was divided on religious parameters during the Congress regime, but the BJP would not allow any further division.