New Delhi, Aug 12: Asserting that everyone should come together to oppose mob lynchings, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that politicising such incidents shows the "perverse mindset" of the opposition.
PM Modi spoke on a range of issue during an interview to news agency ANI. When asked about opposition's allegation on his silence over crime against women and lynching incidents, Modi said "even a single incident is one too many and deeply unfortunate."
"It would be a great travesty to reduce these incidents to mere statistics and then indulge in politics over them. That shows a kind of perverse mindset that looks at violence and criminality as something to be milked, instead of unitedly opposing," Prime Minister Modi told ANI.
"My party and I have spoken in clear words, on multiple occasions against such actions (lynching) and such a mindset. It is all on record. Even a single incident is one too many and deeply unfortunate. Everyone should rise above politics to ensure peace and unity in our society," he added.
On crime against women, the Prime Minister said his government had made provisions of capital punishment in certain category of crimes against women.
Soon after I assumed office, I had said from the ramparts of the Red Fort that it is everyone's responsibility to ensure the dignity of women, whether Government, Society, Family or Individual. At the level of Government, we have gone to the extent of making provisions of capital punishment in certain category of crimes against women," he told ANI.
"You might have noted that results in terms of quick disposal of such cases leading to even capital punishment have started coming in. Let there be no doubts about the will of my Government to implement the Rule of Law in its true letter and spirit," Modi added.