Condemning the Punjab government for adopting a lackadaisical approach in a case where a minor domestic help managed to escape from the clutches of her employer Renu Thapar, Bharatiya Janata Party Mahila Morcha president, Punjab Congress spokesperson, Nimisha Mehta, said it clearly showed that state chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal failed to safeguard the girl child in the state.
Reprimanding the state home department led by Sukhbir Badal, Nimisha Mehta said he should explain on what basis the case was shifted to Ludhiana when the victim filed it in Jalandhar.
“Does the Badal government think that the 12-year-old girl will be able to fight her case in other district where she has no guardian or parent to look after her? On whose orders was the case transferred and what was the exact reason of getting the case shifted?” asked Mehta.
“On one hand the state chief minister and his daughter-in-law Harsimrat Kaur Badal are often seen making tall claims about protecting the girl child in the state and on the other hand, his own son, Sukhbir Badal does not give a hoot about the opinion of his father and wife,” Mehta said.
“Either the chief minister has lost control on his son who doesn't listen to him or the claims are a mere eye wash to fool the innocent people of the state,” said the Congress spokesperson.
Demanding the immediate removal of Renu Thappar from the post of BJP Mahila Morcha president, the Congress spokesperson said: “In the wake of BJP shying away from giving any statement on the issue it is a clear cut indication that the party does not object to the child labour or child abuse taking place right under their noses.”
Mehta said: “If the state government is actually concerned about the welfare of the girl child in the state then they should immediately book Thappar under various sections of the child labour law and an FIR should be filed against him and an arrest be made before she tries to flee away.”