Narendra Modi says crimes against women will not go unpunished after outrage over Kathua, Unnao rapes

NEW DELHI: Crimes against women will not go unpunished, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday in comments that are being seen as his first public response to the gangrape and murder of an eight-year-old child, and a teenager's allegation that a lawmaker of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had raped her.

"In the last two days, the two incidents which have made news are definitely shameful for any civilised society," said Modi in Delhi, adding that these crimes will not go unpunished.

"Such incidents in any part of the country shake up our conscience. I want to assure the country that no culprit will be spared, complete justice will be done," he said at a function to inaugurate a memorial for BR Ambedkar, the architect of India's constitution.

Modi made the comments even as demonstrations are planned across India to protest the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu's Kathua district. She was tortured and killed allegedly because the accused wanted to scare away members of her nomadic Muslim Bakarwal community.

His comments are also being seen as a reference to Kuldeep Singh Sengar, the legislator who was on Friday detained by the Central Bureau of Investigation in connection will charges that he raped a 17-year-old girl in Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh.

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