India slams Pak for ‘absurd’ charges on Jadhav’s wife’s shoes

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Dec 2017 08:30:59



INDIA on Thursday slammed Pakistan for making “absurd” charges of a chip, camera or a recorder being installed in the footwear of the wife of imprisoned Indian Kulbhushan Jadhav and said Islambad was on to a mischief after showing discourtesy towards his family.

Making a statement on the meeting of Jadhav with his wife and mother in Islamabad earlier this week, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said it came after 22 months and was “misused by Pakistan as an instrument to further its propaganda.” Following the statement, the members of all parties in the Upper House supported the Government on the issue.

Swaraj said Jadhav’s mother and wife were taken for the meeting through a separate door without informing the accompanying Deputy High Comissioner of India, stripped of their bindi, bangles and ‘mangalsutra’, made to change into different clothes and wear slippers by discarding their shoes. She emphasised that both the wife and the mother were asked to remove their bindis and jewellery, which had led Jadhav to ask about the welfare of his father as soon as they sat down for the meeting. Normally, a Hindu woman does not wear the ‘mangalsutra’ and bindi or vermillion after the death of her husband.

After the meeting, Pakistani authorities also did not return the shoes of Jadhav’s wife despite repeated requests.
Swaraj said not returning the shoes has given rise to suspicion that Pakistan was up to some “mischief”.
“The Pakistan authorities have been cautioned against any mischievous intent in this regard through a Note Verbale on Wednesday,” she said.

Now, Pakistani authorities are talking of chip, camera or a recorder being installed in the shoes, she said. The charge is “absurbity beyond measure,” she said, adding that the two women had cleared security at airports in Delhi and Dubai and in Pakistan and no such device was detected during these thorough airport security checks there.

“The meeting of Kulbhushan Jadav with his mother and wife was portrayed by Pakistan as a humanitarian gesture. However, the truth is that both humanity and compassion were missing during the meeting that was arranged on humanitarian and compassionate grounds,” the External Affairs Minister said. She said there was “serious and gross violation of human rights of the family members of Jadhav and an intimidating atmosphere was created for them during this meeting.”