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‘TMC Romeos Might be in Jail’, Says Yogi, Promising Anti-Romeo Squads in Bengal if BJP Wins – NEWPAPER24




‘TMC Romeos Might be in Jail’, Says Yogi, Promising Anti-Romeo Squads in Bengal if BJP Wins

2021-04-08 14:29:17


Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday mentioned the Bharatiya Janata Occasion will create UP-like “anti-Romeo squads” in West Bengal to guard girls, reigniting an issue over the teams that a number of politicians and activists have accused of thuggery and invasion of personal areas. All “Romeos” from Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress might be put behind bars, the BJP chief additionally mentioned at an election rally in Hooghly district.

Accusing chief minister Mamata Banerjee of working a “corrupt” and “anarchist” authorities, her UP counterpart mentioned, “West Bengal has at all times been a land of tradition. It has been the land of the revolution for India’s freedom battle. It’s unlucky to see an setting of anarchy in Bengal. As we speak, I wish to guarantee you all that after Could 2 when the BJP will kind the federal government, we’ll create Uttar Pradesh-like anti-Romeo squads in Bengal to safeguard the pursuits of our sisters and daughters. We’ll put all TMC Romeos behind bars.”

The UP chief minister’s phrases intensified the smash-mouth debate that has been the characteristic of the rancorous marketing campaign by each events for the continuing eight-phase meeting polls in West Bengal, with the BJP trying to unseat two-term chief minister Mamata Banerjee within the politically essential state. 5 extra polling days stay: April 10, 17, 22, 26 and 29. The votes might be counted on Could 2.

Escalating his assault on Mamata Banerjee’s alleged appeasement politics, Yogi Adityanath mentioned, “It was stunning to see that the TMC supported those that have created mayhem throughout Bengal through the protests in opposition to the Citizenship Modification Act (CAA). Nonetheless, in Uttar Pradesh we now have acted sternly in opposition to such anti-socials. In my state, we put up hoardings with images of rioters and confiscated their properties. However in Bengal, Didi (Banerjee) can’t afford to take motion in opposition to the rioters due to vote-bank politics.”

What are ‘anti-Romeo squads’?

A crackdown on “Romeos” — a time period loosely used for molesters — was a pre-election promise of the BJP in UP in 2017. Yogi Adityanath requested the police to implement it days after he took oath because the chief minister of the state in March that yr.

The groups had been fashioned to cease males giving undesirable consideration to girls in Uttar Pradesh, notably close to faculties, colleges, and different public locations.

As per a senior official within the chief minister’s workplace in Uttar Pradesh, every squad contains two policemen, a male and a feminine, of assorted ranks (constables, head constables, ASI and SI). Most squad members normally maintain watch of their respective areas in plain garments. They’ll let off harassers with warnings, penalties and in some circumstances they inform the offender’s dad and mom. In critical circumstances, the place bodily assault is concerned, the officers can provoke legal circumstances as per legislation.

The transfer had triggered controversy after some folks complained that they had been being unnecessarily harassed in public locations. This prompted CM Adityanath to intervene and request squad members to behave sensibly. A number of activists have mentioned that the teams are nothing however a ruse to impose restrictions on girls’s mobility.

When Mamata hit out at Yogi throughout 2019 Lok Sabha polls

On Could 17, 2019, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee hit out on the Yogi Adityanath authorities for allegedly harassing younger {couples} in public locations.

Whereas campaigning through the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in Diamond Harbour, South 24 Parganas district, she mentioned, “I’m liberal on this as a result of it might be potential {that a} boy and woman may also be simply good pals. Even in case of an affair, what’s the downside? Even my nephew married a woman with whom he was having an affair when he was learning in Delhi.”

Her assertion drew blended reactions. Whereas some mentioned it was her political technique to woo first-time voters, others supported her, sustaining that public show of affection in ‘liberal Bengal’ is frequent and by no means seen as a criminal offense.

Reactions to Yogi’s assertion from Bengal

A famend writer and Indologist, Nrisingha Prasad Bhaduri, termed Yogi Adityanath’s remarks ludicrous.

“Harold Joseph Laski (an English political theorist and economist) had mentioned that in a democratic battle the general public who win are ‘silly’. They don’t imagine in democracy. They imagine in ‘rajtantra’ (monarchy). They discuss ‘anti-Romeo squads’ however what about Bhima (the second of the Pandavas) who married Hidimba? Was he a ‘Romeo’? What about Arjuna (the third Pandava brother) and Chitrangada (a warrior princess who turned Arjuna’s spouse)? Was he a ‘Romeo’?” he mentioned.

Terming Bengal a spot of liberal-minded folks, Trinamool Congress MP Sukhendu Sekhar Roy mentioned, “To begin with there isn’t a query of the BJP coming to energy in West Bengal. Secondly, for his ‘anti-Romeo squads’, Bengal will come out with anti-Yogi Adityanath squads quickly.”

One other TMC MP, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, mentioned the folks in Bengal are progressive of their outlook and imagine in girls’s emancipation. “We imagine in fashionable methods of policing and subsequently we now have arrange 68 girls police stations,” she mentioned. “We’ve zero-tolerance on crimes in opposition to girls and there are fast-track courts within the state. We don’t want his (Yogi’s) regressive concepts.”

Professor Suranjan Das, vice chancellor of Jadavpur College, mentioned, “I can solely say that I worth particular person liberty to the fullest as our democratic proper. When I’m speaking about particular person life and particular person liberty then it means it must be inside the current norms of the Structure.”

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