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Social activist Shabnam Hashmi has been allegedly surrounded, threatened and manhandled by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) goons while she was distributing pamphlets in Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh. She claimed that the BJP goons even threatened her of rape.
A gang of about 20 hoodlums attacked Ms Hashmi and Pratap Singh Negi. They snatched all the Javab Leaflets and pushed and abused Ms Hashmi in the most foul and sexist terms, a release from SAHMAT said.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the attack on Shabnam Hashmi, Pratap Singh Negi in Rai Barley. They were attacked at about 12.30 on April 28 while she with her associates were distributing leaflets brought out by JAVAB- Janvadi Vichar Andolan Bharat barely 100 metres from the Gadaganj Police Station in side the Rai-Barely constituency.,” the release noted.
Ms. Hashmi argued with the SHO at the police station on exercising right to free expression and filing an FIR. Despite the attack and threats of rape and sexist abuses, the SHO did not register an FIR and did not give her a copy of her complaint, it was released.
“We demand that the hoodlums are immediately apprehended and coercive tactics of the BJP not be allowed by the local administration” the SAHMAT release said.