Shabnam ‘attacked’ in India’s Rae Bareli

RAE BARELI – India’s social activist Shabnam Hashmi was attacked in Rae Bareli, allegedly by BJP workers while she and her associates were distributing leaflets against the development claims of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, The Hindu newspaper reported on Monday.

Shabnam claimed that she and her associate Pratap Singh Negi were threatened and manhandled by a group of BJP supporters when they had stopped to distribute leaflets brought out by JAVAB – Janvadi Vichar Andolan Bharat – a national platform of activists. The forum has chosen 100 constituencies in India where they are campaigning to explode the myths of the Gujarat model.

While nobody was hurt, Shabnam said the miscreants snatched away leaflets from their hands and threatened to set ablaze their vehicle. “They used highly abusive and sexist language, with threats of rape. This is desperation. They (BJP) don't know what to do. They have built up a big hype (of the Gujarat Model) but don't know how to live up to it so they resort to such acts,” the paper quoted her as saying.

Shabnam said she submitted a complaint to the Gadaganj police they did not lodge an FIR. The police said Shabnam Hashmi was not attacked and she was only engaged in a small argument with locals while distributing leaflets in a busy market area. “There was a small misunderstanding. She was distributing leaflets and a crowd gathered at the spot thought she was campaigning for a particular party,” said the police officer.

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