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Treat Hindu spiritual leaders the same way: Minister on Kerala rape case

Press Trust of India  |  Jaipur 

Commenting on the allegation against a of raping a nun from Kerala, Wednesday called for similar treatment whether a Hindu religious leader or one from another religion was involved.

When the issue comes up, the approach should not be different from when the issue relates to a Hindu spiritual leader, he told reporters when asked to comment on the controversy involving the of the Jalandhar diocese.

The did not elaborate on his remark.

At the same event here he took a dig at and the award wapsi people, a reference to protesting writers who returned their awards to the in 2015.

He said the atmosphere in the country should not be vitiated, and the focus should be on development.

The minister, who holds the micro, small and medium enterprises portfolio, launched products developed by a unit of (KVIC).

These included paper made out of rags and cow dung.

I would like to request Rahul Gandhi, mob lynchers and award wapsi people to see to what heights the KVIC is taking the dreams of Mahatma Gandhi and Narendra Modi, he said, referring to cleanliness.

Singh indicated his MSME ministry may decide to promote the initiative at the national level, saying it will generate employment as well.

The Kumarappa National Handmade Paper Institute, a KVIC unit in Sanganer near here, also uses plastic waste to make paper for manufacturing carry bags.

KVIC said the paper made out of rags and cow dung would increase cattle owners' income and lead to cleanliness on the streets.

The also launched environment friendly 'havan samagri' for religious rituals, using discarded coconut shells and other material.

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First Published: Wed, September 12 2018. 19:36 IST