In response to Pragya Singh Thakur’s statement that women should keep weapons at home, the Madhya Pradesh Congress has demanded that a case of treason be filed against her. However, the Bharatiya Janata Party has defended the statement, claiming that it was made in the interest of women’s self-defence.
In reference to the murder of Hindu activists, Thakur remarked on Sunday during a programme in Shivamogga (Karnataka) that Hindus have the right to defend themselves and their dignity from those who would harm them.
Everyone has the right to self-defence, thus the Madhya Pradesh parliamentarian from Bhopal urged the community to at the very least maintain their kitchen knives sharp. K K Mishra, head of the media department for the Madhya Pradesh Congress, said that since Thakur “incited people for violence,” the Centre should now take action by filing a case for treason.
“She is now talking about a knife after holding a bomb in her hands. The acts of former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma and Thakur are alike,” he said. In connection with the 2008 Malegaon bombing, Thakur is a prime accused.
On September 29, 2008, an explosive device mounted on a motorcycle detonated in Malegaon, a sensitively divided town in northern Maharashtra, killing six people and injuring over 100 others.