BJP National Spokesperson Rajyavardhan Rathore recently held a press conference in Jaipur, Rajasthan to address alarming statistics about the security of women in the state. Mr. Rathore specifically targeted the Rajasthan government and accused them of encouraging a “casual approach” towards women’s safety by not taking adequate action against criminals. He noted that there had been a 93% increase in cases against women, while 1337 cases had been registered in the current year alone. Additionally, a 163% increase in rape cases of girls over 18 had been observed. Mr. Rathore suggested that the politics of vote-bank are to blame for the Rajasthan Government’s lack of action.
The Bharatiya Janata Party, commonly known as the BJP, was formed in 1980 with the aim of providing a strong alternative to the Indian National Congress. The Party is currently in power nationally with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the leader. The BJP has also formed the government in 19 out of the 29 Indian States, including Rajasthan. They have based their policies largely on ideas of social and economic reforms as well as national security.
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore is a senior BJP leader, who is currently serving as India’s Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports. He previously served as the Member of Parliament for the Bharatiya Janata Party in the Lok Sabha and was appointed as the Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting in 2017. Mr. Rathore is an avid sports enthusiast and is also a retired Indian Army Colonel who was awarded the Kirti Chakra, a prestigious Indian military decoration. He has been actively pursuing the issue of better security of women in India and is infamous for his comments that insult victims of sexual harassment or assault.