TMC MP Kalyan Banerjee Compares Goddess Sita To Hathras Rape Victim

While addressing a rally in the weekend, Kalyan Banerjee said that Sita told her husband Ram that she was fortunate to have been kidnapped by Ravan and not Ram’s ‘chelas’, as the latter would have tortured her like the Hathras teen’s perpetrators

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A fresh controversy is brewing in West Bengal after Trinamool Congress (TMC) minister Kalyan Banerjee compared Hindu goddess Sita to the Hathras victim, at a rally on Saturday. During his speech, Banerjee said that after she was rescued from Ravan, Sita told her husband Lord Ram that it was her good fortune that she was abducted by the king of Lanka. According to him, she further told Rama that had his loyalists kidnapped her, she would have met the same fate as the Hathras gangrape victim. The 19-year-old Dalit girl from Uttar Pradesh lost her life last year after she was brutally raped by a group of upper caste boys from her village.

Former Meghalaya Governor Tathagatha Roy tweeted the video with the caption ‘know this man?’ The footage soon went viral, inviting the wrath of many Hindus, including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members. A complaint was lodged against the Mamata cabinet minister by the saffron party’s youth wing at the Golabari police station, demanding for an apology from him for hurting religious sentiments of the community.

The BJP and the Mamata Banerjee government have been at loggerheads for a long time with the former confident of toppling the latter in the upcoming legislative elections in April. Out of the 295 seats, the centre-ruling party has set its eyes on at least 200 seats.

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