Did Rahul Gandhi insult North Indian women? Fact Check

Some right-wing social media users have posted a viral video of 20 seconds long to claim that Congress president Rahul Gandhi has insulted North Indian women in comparison with South Indian women.

“In this respect, South India is much better than North India. If you go to Uttar Pradesh or Bihar, you will be shocked to see at the treatment of women there,” says Rahul in a video being circulated.

He was speaking at the Stella Maria College women students in Chennai, Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Here’s the video shared by some right-wing users on Twitter who argued that Rahul Gandhi is dividing the country, including film director Vivek Agnihotri:

But Digiteye India team realised that it was not entirely true and the video was clipped to show only some parts to mislead people.

We see in the full video that one of the college students was questioning Rahul about discrimination against women. (Watch from 42:00 minutes onwards) Responding to that Rahul Gandhi said:

“Women’s equality in India is not adequate. But South India is much better off than in North India. If you go to Uttar Pradesh or Bihar, you will be shocked to see the situation of women there… I am one of those who believe that women should be encouraged to take leadership positions,” said Rahul, promising to make 33% Women Reservation Bill passed in 2019, if their party comes to power in the elections.

Is there any truth in Rahul’s words about Uttar Pradesh and Bihar?

Compared to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar states with Tamil Nadu, statistics say Rahul’s comments are correct.

According to the United Nations Human Development Index 2010, the situation in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karnataka and Kerala is far better than Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh.

According to the latest report released by the National Crime Agency, which lists atrocities against women, especially, dowry harassment cases, which are much higher in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar than in the southern states of India. See the table below:

Figures showing crimes against women in Tamil Nadu versus Uttar Pradesh and Bihar (Source: NCRB)

Conclusion: Since the statistics are right, the claim that Rahul Gandhi is insulting women in North India is an extremely exaggerated version. Our rating of this claim is ? or exaggeration.

About Arun Nag

Arun is with Digiteye India since the beginning as the main source for re-writing stories and for re-checking the facts and images. He writes on general and political issues. He can be reached at admin@digiteye.in or softmediahub@gmail.com

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