Member Parliament and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Dharamvira Gandhi on Thursday termed the incident where a girl died after jumping off a bus to escape her molesters in Moga district as “Punjab’s Nirbhaya”, referring to Delhi December 2012 gang rape of a student on a moving bus.
In a statement issued on Thursday, Gandhi said the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are to blame for the incident, which took place on a bus owned by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, and accused the parties of “patronising goons”.
Boycott buses: Bir Devinder
Meanwhile, former deputy speaker of Punjab, Bir Devinder Singh has demanded that the Orbit bus service – to which the bus belongs - be suspended.
“I urge the people of Punjab to have some sense of dignity and conscience and voluntarily abandon travelling in Orbit buses for the safety of their women,” he said in a statement.
Devinder Singh has also demanded that the chief minister apologise to the people for the gruesome incident and ensure foolproof security for women.
“The so-called, self acclaimed leading light of Nanni Chhawan (campaign against female foeticide) Harsimrat Kaur Badal (SAD MP) must lead the protest against the failure of the state to protect the dignity of our daughters,” the former speaker said.