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Chandigarh Girl Stalking: Missing Footage and Silence Of BJP Leadership

NEW DELHI: Since the formation of the BJP government, led by Manohar Lal Khattar in Haryana, Barala family has only managed to gain in its influence and clout in the state. 

Being the State President of the BJP in Haryana, Subhash Barala's Twitter handle is replete with praises of the party president Amit Shah’s routine proceedings. In one of his tweets, he is also remembering the former president Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. However, there was no tweet against the alleged conduct of of son or on the safety of the girls. 

Now he appeared on the national television calling Varnika Kundu like his daughter and assuring action against his son Vikas Barala and the other accused Ashish. Both of them have joined investigation being carried out by the Chandigarh Police. Now this is very obvious. The state BJP chief would never have thought that one day the wrongdoings of his family’s ‘chirag’ will be maligning his political image and will be struggling to get the crisis managed by any PR team he had hired for his social media campaign. 

With pressure mounting, he spoke with a view to calm down the national outrage and anger, “The law should take its own course. The BJP is a party that believes in women’s rights and freedom. Neither I nor BJP is pressuring anyone in this matter.”

Subhash Barala has said that action will be taken. But how? All the 9 CCTV footage of the route, which Vikas Barala choose to chase and harass Varnika Kundu, are missing, as the UT police said. Chandigarh is considered a very posh and modern city. It is highly suspecting that all the 9 close circuit cameras stopped functioning at one time in a posh sector like sector 7 to the Housing Board traffic light point. 

The BJP's central leadership, is still silent on this issue.  Apart from Shaina NC, Kirron Kher  and Babul Supriyo, none have spoken. Haryana continues to claim the infamous badge when it comes to women's safety, girl child killing and rapes. In May, 83 girls from Rewari went on an indefinite hunger strike, demanding upgrade their school and to fight against eve teasing and harassment. After a week, the Haryana government intervened and the protesting girls called off their strike. 

PM Modi's flagship program of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ seems pointless in such a scenario. Manohar Lal Khattar associated Olympic medal winner Sakshi Malik as the brand ambassador for the campaign, ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’. Now a girl of similar age is being stalked in Chandigarh city who managed to escape the threat of abduction. 

The time has come to start a debate for education of boys, who pose a danger to civilised norms of a peaceful, harmonious society. 

Amid this uproar, neither the top brass of the BJP government have come out in the support of Varnika Kundu. Spokespersons of the BJP shout out their throats on TV debates on nationalism but the silence on Varnika Kundu looks very disappointing. It shows the temperament that the party leadership is not very serious with its flagship campaigns for girls’ safety and protection when the country is boiling with fury against Vikas Barala. Law should indeed take its own course and swiftly in this case lest the people begin having serious doubts over the country's already overburdened and inefficient criminal justice system. 

(The views expressed by the writer are personal.)   

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