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‘…In Order to Commit Crimes Against Women’: BJP Manifesto Couldn’t Care Less About Women & It Shows

Multiple errors in the 'Women Empowerment' section indicate that not much attention has been paid to the issue.

The errors present in the ‘Women Empowerment’ section of the BJP Manifesto for 2019 election, released on Monday, highlight how little attention has been paid to the issue even at the manifesto creation stage. 

The party manifesto released on Monday declared it has made provisions to facilitate transferring of laws that will lead to crimes against women. In the chapter titled ‘Women Empowerment,’ under the section titled ‘Ensuring a Dignified Life for Women’ point number 11 states the following:

“Women’s security will be given more priority. We have constituted the Women’s Security Division in the Home Ministry, and have made strict provisions for transferring the laws in order to commit crimes against women…”

Furthermore, it also misspelled the word ‘trial’ as ‘trail’ leading to the meaning of the sentence being completely changed — “in particular in a time-bound investigation and trail for rape.”

BJP Manifesto
Page 32 of the BJP manifesto. Screenshot taken on April 8, 6:30 pm.

Additionally, the same point says that “…fast track courts will be expanded to bring convicts to justice” — bring to justice not those accused of crimes against women, but those already ‘convicted’ of the crimes. In what world does this make sense? Maybe in a world where bringing the accused men to justice would require the party to take action against its own leaders like Uttar Pradesh MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and Rajya Sabha MP MJ Akbar who have been accused of rape. 

It is noteworthy that the manifesto has been released merely 3 days before the first phase of the polling begins.  The mistake only goes to show there was little effort that went behind the manifesto and that it was put together in a hurried fashion just to appease the electorate.

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