New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday expressed anguish over the horrific incidents of minors’ rape here and questioned what steps Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Delhi’s Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung were taking to curb it.
Kejriwal, who is on his way to meet the families of the two victims, tweeted: “Repeated rape of minors is shameful and worrying. Delhi police has completely failed to provide safety. What are PM and his LG doing?”
“I am on my way to hospitals to meet rape victims,” he added.
It was reported on Saturday that two girls – one aged two-and-half years and the other five – were gang-raped in the national capital.
In the first case, the two-and-half-year-old girl was allegedly abducted from near a ‘Ramlila’ event outside her home in west Delhi’s Nangloi area on Friday by two men on a motorcycle. She was allegedly gang-raped and dumped in the area with severe injuries.
In the second case, the five-year-old girl was allegedly raped by two men known to her family in Anand Vihar area of east Delhi. The men, reportedly inebriated at the time, dumped her near her home after the assault.
A week earlier, a four-year-old girl was raped and tortured in Delhi.
Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli has told his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi that Nepal’s territory will not be used against New Delhi’s interests, Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said here on Saturday.
“Oli reiterated that they will be sensitive to our concerns and their territory will not be allowed to be used by anybody against India. Prime Minister Modi reciprocated the sentiments,” Gokhale told the media.
Gokhale called Oli’s view “very significant”.
There was a chill in India-Nepal ties during Oli’s earlier stint as Prime Minister between October 2015 and August 2016 when a border blockade blamed on New Delhi crippled Nepal’s economy.
There were also perceptions that Oli was leaning towards China than India.
Gokhale said that Modi’s two-day visit to Nepal was aimed to strengthen bilateral relations “whether it be cross-border electricity or cross-border connectivity”.
“We are looking into cross-border electricity and cross-border connectivity not only with Nepal but other neighbouring countries as well,” he said.
After assuming office in February, Oli made his first foreign visit to India in April.
Stating that India welcomed the restoration of democracy in Nepal, Gokhale said that both the government and the opposition in the Himalayan nation were parties to it.
He said both sides agreed to be committed towards the stated projects. “We will address this within a set timeline.”
According to Gokhale, Oli confirmed to Modi that Nepal will host the the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) summit this year.
Bimstec comprises seven countries lying in the littoral and adjacent areas of the Bay of Bengal — Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
Gokhale also said that Modi’s visits to cultural sites in Nepal “suggested that there should be strong people-to-people ties”.
Apart from offering prayers at temples in Nepal, the Indian leader inaugurated the Janakpur-Ayodhya bus service, a 900 MW hydropower project and announced Rs 100-crore aid to develop Janakpur city.