BJP candidae from Bhopal Sadhvi Pragya broke down while addressing a gathering on Thursday. Sharing the days when she was in custody, she revealed that she was subjected to unbearable torture. She said that she was 'abused and threatened to be disrobed'.
"Itne gand gaali dete the peetey peetey, ulta latkatey thi kehte the tujhe nirvaas Karenge. Raat bhaar peetey peetey jab mere haath fatne lagt the aur unhone bhae hota tha ke pure faat jayenge, khoon aajaye th uss samay rook dete the. Balti mai garam paani latey the jisme namak hota tha aur humare haatho ke unpar dubotey the. Mujhe nahi pata tha ke iska karan kya hai aur kyun mujhe peta ja raha hai?
(They used to abuse me, hang me upside down. The used to say that we will disrobe you. The entire night they used to hit me untill my hands became numb and would start to peel off. They would only stop if they felt that it will start bleed. They used to bring hot salty water to immerse my hands. I had no clue as to why were they doing this? Why was I being subjected to such degree of torture.)
Furthermore, she said that 'she was called a terrorist and was forced to confess that she was behind Malegaon blast'.
"Uska karan sirf itna tha ke vo kehlvana chatey the ke tumne vispot kiya hai aur muslism ko mara hai. Yeh unke rajneeti thi desh ko batne ke liye. Loog badal jatey the leken pitne wale mai sirf akele thi. Ek raat ek din pura peeta. Maine bhi soch rakha tha ke kuch na kuch bada karan hai. Aur jab unhone puchna shuru kiya tha kuch baat hi nahi thi. Tumne vispoot kiya vispoot kiya. Fir bola tum aatank vaasi ho, RSS aatankvadi hai. Phir boltey the ki tum kis kis se milte thi batao maine kaha mujhe kuch nahi pata. Mujhe samaj mai aagaya ke kahe na kahe Hindutava ko target kiya ja raha hai. Sanyasi jivan ko gaali de jaite hai. Mai mere nahi hoon, mera kuch nahi hai aur jo kuch bhi hai desh ka hai. Baas itna vichar karke mai peete thi".
(They just wanted me to cnfess that I was behind the bomb blast and I had killed Muslims. They were playing politics and wanted to divide the country. People changed but I was still there getting hurt from their torture. Once, the entire night I was subjected to torture. But I assumed that there was a bigger reason behind this. And when they begin to question and investigate I had nothing to confess. They said, "you were behind the blast, you were!" Then they said you are a terrorist and RSS is a terror outfit. I used to say that I don't know. That's it. I understood that they are targeting Hindutva. They are abusing Sanyasi. I don't belong to myself but this country.)
A day after the BJP fielded Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya from the Bhopal constituency of Madhya Pradesh against Congress veteran Digvijaya Singh, former Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said that 'the party is proving its Hindutva ideology by inducting her'. Moeover, Prakash Ambedkar explicitly titled RSS as a 'terror organisation' when questioned about Sadhvi Pragya's candidature on BJP's ticket in Bhopal.
Sadvi Pragya mounted a counter-attack in response to the "Hindu terror" slogan. While taking to Republic TV, the BJP candidate recited a shloka and said:
"Katal-e- aam Hindu kabhi nahi karta kyuki humare sanskriti mai kahi bhi iss prakar ke baat hai hi nahi. Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah Sarve Santu Nir-Aamayaah Sarve Bhadraanni Pashyantu Maa Kashcid-Duhkha-Bhaag-Bhavet | Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||"
(I haven't commied any murder, a Hindu can neer take such step as its not in our culture. Om, May all become happy. May all be free from illness. May all see what is auspicious, may no one suffer. Om peace, peace, peace.)