Home  |  Advertise  |  Contact Us
3:24 pm - Friday April 22, 1261

Parliament condemns Pakistan’s inhuman treatment of mother, wife

Jadhav family meeting

Agencies, New Delhi

Parliament on Thursday condemned the inhuman treatment of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav’s family during the December 25 meeting in a Pakistan jail and affirmed that Islamabad had violated all norms of civility and humanity.

In a statement in both Houses, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, regretted that a married woman was made to look like a widow, in a reference to the removal of the mangal sutra of Jadhav’s wife. New Delhi, the EAM said, had lodged a strong protest with Pakistan over the humiliation heaped on Jadhav’s family, and conveyed its concern over his well-being through diplomatic channels.

Ms Swaraj said the mother and wife, after their return, conveyed to her that the death row convict appeared under considerable stress and spoke in an atmosphere of coercion.

“While the meeting could have been a step forward, it is a matter of great concern that there was a departure from the agreed understanding between the two countries on this issue.’ She said the family members were taken for the meeting through a separate door without informing the Deputy High Commissioner of India, who had accompanied them.

The diplomat could not see that they were being taken for the meeting after changing their attire and removing their bangles, bindi and mangalsutra. The family was also harassed by the Pakistani media through use of offensive language, Ms Swaraj added. “An emotional moment between a mother and her son, and wife had her husband after a period of 22 months, was misused by Pakistan as an instrument to further its propaganda.

‘The meeting of Mr Kulbbushan Jadhav with his mother and wife was portrayed by Pakistan as a humanitarian gesture. However, the truth is that both humanity and compassion were missing during the meeting,’ Ms Swaraj said.

The Minister said Mr Jadhav’s mother wanted to talk to her son in mother tongue Marathi, as this was clearly the natural medium of communication between them. She said the shoes of Jadhav’s wife were removed before the meeting and she was given slippers to wear.

The footwear was not returned to her despite her repeated requests after the meeting. Pakistan authorities, Ms Swaraj said, have been cautioned against any mischievous intent in this regard through a Note Verbale on Wednesday. In the Upper House, the Elders said all possible efforts be made to secure the release of Jadhav.

Associating with the statement, Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “The inhuman behaviour meted out to the mother and wife of Mr Jadhav by Pakistan was not only an insult to the family but also to the 120 cr people of the country.”

Stating that Pakistan does not believe in democracy, Mr Azad said Government should ensure the safe release of the Indian national. Ram Gopal Yadav of the Samajwadi Party said after the manner in with the mother and wife of Jadhav were treated by Pakistan, the House should adopt a strong resolution.

Derek O’ Brien of the All India Trinamool Congress said his party endorses every word and spirit of the statement. Tapan Kumar Sen of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) said the way the family members were treated by the Pakistan government was abhorrent.

Others who associated with the statement were D Raja of the Communist Party of India, Bhupender Yadav of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Dilip Kumar Tirkey of the Biju Janata Dal, Tiruchi Siva of the Dravidra Munnetra Kazagham, Devender Goud of the Telegu Desam Party and P V Abdul Wahab of the Indian Union Muslim League.

Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu asked the government to secure the safe release of Jadhav and said the entire House appreciated the steps it had taken to secure justice of the ex-Navy officer.

Posted in: Featured, Nation

You might like:

Modern technology should be used for promotion of Sanskrit: President Modern technology should be used for promotion of Sanskrit: President
Hockey India names 61 women players for National Camp Hockey India names 61 women players for National Camp
Ruthless Nadal sends Thiem packing in Monte Carlo Ruthless Nadal sends Thiem packing in Monte Carlo
IOC President presents a memento to Bindra, Vijender IOC President presents a memento to Bindra, Vijender