Not A Humanitarian Gesture, Human Rights Were Violated: Sushma Swaraj On Jadhav Meet

| December 28 , 2017 , 13:16 IST

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday addressed the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha regarding the recent meeting of Kulbhushan Jadhav with his wife and mother in Pakistan, which was termed as a 'Humanitarian gesture' by Pakistan, but resulted in their humiliation.

"It was nothing like a humanitarian gesture. Human rights of the family members were violated again and again and an environment of fear was created for them," Swaraj said in the Rajya Sabha.

"Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother was not allowed to speak in Marathi, 2 Pakistani officials present in the meeting kept stopping her repeatedly but when she continued, the intercom was switched off," she said.

"Jadhav Ji's mother who only wears a saree was forced to wear salwar-kurta. Bindi, bangles & mangalsutras of both mother and wife were removed. Both the married women were made to like widows," said Swaraj.

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"Not just his wife but bindi and mangalsutra of his mother were also removed, I spoke to her she told me that as soon as she reached Kulbhushan asked her 'Baba kaise hain?' because he thought a mishap has taken place when he wasn't around," she said in RS.

"Even after her repeated attempts, the shoes of Kulbhushan Jadhav's wife were not returned. Pakistan says there was a camera or a recorder in the shoes, nothing can be more absurd than this as she traveled in 2 flights with those shoes on. It is an absurdity beyond measure," said the EAM.

"A meeting of a mother with her son & a wife with her husband was turned into a propaganda tool by Pakistan," said EAM Sushma Swaraj in Rajya Sabha.

Leader of the Opposition, Congress's Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the behaviour meted out to Jadhav's wife and mother should not be tolerated.

"Misbehaviour of Pakistan with wife and mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav was misbehaviour with all Indians. Regardless of political differences, when it comes to nation's dignity and another country misbehaves with our mothers and sisters, it will not be tolerated," said Azad.

In the Lok Sabha, EAM Sushma Swaraj responded to allegations that the government should have been better prepared for the meet.

"It was specifically agreed upon by both sides that media will not be allowed to come close to the family but Pakistani press not only came close to them but also harassed them and hurled taunts at them," Swaraj said in the Lok Sabha.

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"The meeting was started in absence of the Deputy High Commissioner, if he would have seen how clothes of the family members were changed, he would have registered protest there and then," she added.

"Thank God they didn't say that there was a bomb in her (Kulbhushan Jadhav's wife) shoes! If for security reasons she was made to take off shoes, they should have returned them when she was leaving but no, they had to commit some sort of cruelty," said Swaraj.

Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agarwal stoked controversy on Wednesday when he defended the treatment meted out to Kulbhushan Jadhav, when he said that Pakistan considers Jadhav a terrorist and treated him accordingly.

"If Pakistan considers Kulbhushan Jadhav to be a terrorist in their nation, they will treat him accordingly, in our country also, terrorists should be treated in the same manner, a harsh manner" said Agarwal.

Accused of being a spy, Jadhav has been in Pakistan for 22 months.