In a fell tweet, Richa Chadha asked the Indian government to change the name of its Beti Bachao campaign to that of Beti Hum Hi Se Bachao after the Uttar Pradesh government decided to withdraw a seven-year-old rape and abduction lawsuit lodged against former Union Minister Swami Chinmayanand, booked for allegedly raping a girl in his ashram.
Swami Chinmayanand is a three-time BJP MP and served as the Union Home Minister under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. Richa, in her tweet, also made a reference to the Unnao rape case in which a BJP MLA was accused of raping a minor a year ago. The victim and her father attempted suicide on Saturday morning outside Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s residence, protesting against inaction by police against the BJP MLA, who allegedly raped her a year ago.
Dear govt,plz change #BetiBachao to #BetiHumHiSeBachao.Your MLAs are making a mockery of your slogan.A victims father is killed in jail?Don’t claim to be #Hindu.You don’t view women as Goddess forms,so end this hypocrisy NOW! #JusticeForAshifa #VarnikaKundu pic.twitter.com/rpA2dPH5eP
— TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) April 10, 2018
Along with her tweet, Richa also posted a news clip of the aforementioned cases and asked the government to end this “hypocrisy” as she concluded that it doesn’t “view women as goddesses.”
Last month, several reports suggested that the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh had begun a procedure to withdraw 131 cases in connection with the 2013 communal riots that broke out in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli, in which 62 people were killed and scores were displaced from their homes. Richa Chadha is the star of films like Sarbjit, Masaan, Fukrey and Fukrey Returns. Her upcoming projects include Daas Dev and a biopic on south actress Shakeela.