On Saturday, the Shiv Sena came out in full support of Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of police Sunil Paraskar, who has been accused of rape by a model, and cast aspersions on the victim’s character.
DIG Sunil Paraskar who has been accused of rape by a model
The editorial in Saamna, the party’s mouthpiece, stated that the Sena wants the Mumbai police to open its eyes as it thinks that the common man has seen through the victim’s allegations but the police is unable to do so.
It also stated, “Character assassination has become a weapon to destroy someone’s reputation in politics and the government. The law sides with women but if someone is misusing it then the court should look at it in a different way.”
It also said that the victim’s background needed to be checked and questioned the validity of the victim’s allegation against Paraskar and asked, “It took the girl six months to realise that she has been raped?”
Defending the editorial, Aditya Thackeray, head of Yuva Sena, youth wing of Shiv Sena, took to social networking sites and said, “The editorial, taking cue from the rape accusations on a senior police official, states that in such cases, before painting someone as a rapist, the media must wait for the court’s verdict. Media trials are a tool to defame public figures, and break familiesof private individuals.”