To read about what happened to the girl, who was held and abused at a Hindu temple, over several days is to plumb the depths of human depravity
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence, says New York Times editorial, “is as perplexing as it is distressing”.
The editorial says that Modi seems to have failed to learn the lesson of his predecessors who did not forcefully respond to protests in late 2012 and early 2013 after a young woman was raped and killed on a public bus in New Delhi.
“That government, which was led by the Congress party, paid a heavy political price for its heartlessness in the 2014 parliamentary elections; the B.J.P. won the elections in large part because Mr. Modi promised to make the government more responsive to the needs of Indians who were left behind by a government dogged by corruption scandals and widely considered rudderless,” the editorial said.
It also questioned the late reaction of Modi to the gruesome rape and murder of 8-year-old Muslim nomadic girl in Kathua.
“Until last week, he declined to address the attack on the girl, in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, by men who wanted to frighten and drive away her nomadic Muslim community, the Bakarwals, from an area that is dominated by Hindus. To read about what happened to the girl, who was held and abused at a Hindu temple, over several days is to plumb the depths of human depravity.”