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As women shone in Rio, MP set record in rape cases: Jyotiraditya Scindia

india Updated: Sep 08, 2016 11:03 IST
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Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia addresses a press conference during his visit to Bhopal.(PTI File Photo)

Congress MP from Guna and the party’s chief whip in Lok Sabha Jyotiraditya Scindia on Wednesday took potshots at the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP government on a range of issues, including deteriorating law and order.

“We saw three stars in Olympics and all three were women but Madhya Pradesh set a different record by being on the top in rape cases,” Scindia said.

For the fifth year in a row, Madhya Pradesh was adjudged one of the most unsafe places for women and children in India. The state recorded most rape cases in the country with 4,391 cases reported during 2015, according to NCRB data.

“There is a systemic failure in Madhya Pradesh. The situation in health and education sectors, in particular, is worrying. Teachers and doctors are not found at schools in rural areas and government hospitals.”

Madhya Pradesh’s record was much higher than the national average when it comes to infant mortality rate. “The state lags behind several states including Bihar when it comes to spending in social sectors,” he added.

Scindia tore apart the state government on the corruption front, saying Vyapam was followed by Simhastha scam. “Inflated bills were furnished by government departments. The health department alone submitted bills worth Rs 60 crore.”

The Congress leader was scathing in his remarks about Narendra Modi, saying Modi happened to be the first Prime Minister whose marketing was being done through advertisement.

On Kashmir issue, he said the ‘marriage of convenience’ between PDP and BJP was a major factor responsible for the volatile situation. It was unfortunate that the PM didn’t speak up when there was a discussion on Kashmir in Lok Sabha, he added.

The PM had talked of providing employment to 2 crore people every year but the statistics showed only 4.30 lakh job opportunities in first year and 3.20 lakh in next year, the Congress leader said. “Before the general elections, Modi had ridiculed the then UPA government saying when BJP would be voted to power, India would get record number of Olympic medals. But now everybody can see what the government did for sports,” Scindia said.

First Published: Sep 08, 2016 00:16 IST