Kathua Rape: Angry Londoners Greet Modi With ‘Not Welcome’ Signs
Hundreds of noisy protesters greeted Narendra Modi when he arrived in London on Wednesday, demonstrating over a rising tide of sexual violence in India, including the brutal rape cases of Kathua and Unnao.
Holding placards reading "Modi go home" and "We stand against Modi's agenda of hate and greed," they gathered outside Downing Street and Parliament as the Prime Minister arrived for talks with his British counterpart Theresa May. The Indian diaspora is upset about his alleged inaction.
People from all across London gathered at several places around the city.
In a crime that shocked India, an eight-year-old Muslim girl in Jammu and Kashmir was kidnapped, drugged, and held for several days while she was repeatedly raped and then murdered.
In the other case, a state lawmaker from Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party is accused of raping a teenager. No action was taken against the politician until the girl threatened to set herself on fire earlier this month. Her father died soon afterwards from injuries he sustained while in police custody.
Modi addressed the outrage over the latest rapes last week by promising justice, regardless of whoever the guilty were.
Earlier this week, a group of students and alumni from the UK also wrote a letter urging the PM to take “extraordinary measures” on the rape cases.
(With Reuters inputs)