New Delhi: Talking about the death of two Dalit children in Sunped village of Faridabad district of Haryana, Union Minister VK Singh on Thursday courted a controversy by arguing that the government is not responsible if ‘someone throws stones at a dog’.
Speaking to the news agency, Singh said, “It was feud between the families, local administration failed, don’t connect it with the government”.
However, in an afterthought – aimed to stress that the government must not be held responsible for every incident, Singh added: “If someone throws stones at a dog, the government is held responsible.”
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Vaibhav, a two-and-a-half years old, and his sister, 11-month-old Divya were burnt alive after some persons from an upper caste set their house afire while they were sleeping. Their mother Rekha suffered 70% burns and has been referred to Delhi for treatment.
Meanwhile, seven accused have been arrested so far. Villagers of Sunped also staged protests throughout the day on Wednesday by placing bodies of children on the road until the administration persuaded them to lift a road blockade and perform the last rites.
Visiting the Dalit family Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi had accused the Prime Minister, Haryana chief minister, the BJP and RSS of practising “politics of crushing” those who are weak, resulting in such incidents.
“This is an attitude shared by the Prime Minister, Chief Minister of the state and the entire BJP and RSS. The attitude is if somebody is weak, he can be crushed. What you have seen is the result of this attitude,” Gandhi said.