BJP President Amit Shah had gone to Bhilai Charoda district to carry out a public rally over the weekend. Reports suggest that the undergarments of the women were also checked to ensure absolute security for the Ruling Party Supremo.
Shah’s one day visit to poll-bound Chhattisgarh has left a scar on several women’s life after the women who had come to attend the event were reportedly strip-checked by the police officers at the premises.
After taking out a public rally, Amit Shah reached Charoda in Chhattisgarh to be the part of Mahila Maha Sammelan (Women Conclave). A report by Jansatta claimed that the women police officers present at the checkpoint inspected that no piece of black clothing gets to enter the premise where Amit Shah was to address the women.
Media reports also claimed that women wearing black sarees or any pieces of black clothing were not allowed to enter the rally. The following measures were taken not due to security reasons but apparently to avoid black flag protest during the rally. Women were even stripped and then checked by the police officer before they were allowed the entry.
After the matter was highlighted, the following actions by the BJP drew criticism from every corner, reported NewsX. Reports claimed that the women participants were made to undergo pat-downs and their undergarments were also checked.
Slamming BJP over the following act, Chhattisgarh Congress leader Kiranmayi said,
“Earlier, they would ask men to take off their socks or belts in the name of security. But now this thing has happened to women and girls. This party (BJP) claims to be the champion of women’s rights but the incident only shows party’s sick mindset.”
“The party keeps talking about it’s slogan: ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (save girl child, educate girl child’. But in reality, there is need for saving girl-child and women from the BJP leaders, who give patronage to rapists,” she further told the daily, adding, “expecting anything from them (BJP) would be dishonesty.”
Notably, a balloon seller was arrested after protesters showed black flags and flew black balloons before Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on 18th September. Chouhan was in Satna to address a convention of backward classes held by the BJP in view of opposition to the new SC/ST Atrocities Act.