Mistreatement to Kulbhushan Jadhav's Kin by Pakistan Disrupts Lok Sabha

Jadhav's mother wife were made to remove their mangal sutra

Jadhav's mother wife were made to remove their mangal sutra

The Foreign Office said the shoes of Jadhav's wife, Chetankul, were retained because they contained something "metallic". It is being investigated. For some inexplicable reason, despite her repeated requests, Chetana's shoes were not returned to her after the meeting.

It was the fist time Jadhav was meeting his family since his arrest in March past year, and Pakistan portrayed it as a humanitarian gesture to mark the birthday of the country's founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

The ministry of external affairs had also alleged that under the pretext of precautionary security measures, the cultural and religious sensibilities of Jadhavs family members were disregarded.

In a statement on Tuesday night, Pakistan rejected as "baseless" India's contentions that Jadhav's wife and mother were harassed and claimed that his wife's shoes were confiscated on security grounds as there was "something" in it.

Mr Jadhav was arrested in March a year ago and sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged spying, an allegation India has rubbished.

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Senior Congress leader and former external affairs minister Salman Khurshid said that "better" was expected from Pakistan and dubbed the entire episode of Jadhav's family visit to Pakistan as "very grave".

"Whatever treatment was given to the mother and wife of Kulbhushan (Jadhav) is akin to Draupadi's vastraharan that resulted in Mahabharata", he said.

Even as the Opposition stands together in condemning Pakistan for insulting Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother and wife, Samajwadi Party (SP) parliamentarian Naresh Agrawal on Wednesday justified the humiliation saying the alleged Indian spy was a "terrorist" for Pakistan.

Shiv Sena's Arvind Sawant also raised the issue and said India should not keep silent on the matter. The meeting took place after requests by India for family access.

Trinamool Congress MP Sougata Roy said, "Asking a Hindu woman to remove her "mangal sutra" and her "bindi" is deplorable".

He was convicted and sentenced to death in April by a military court.

"Most of his remarks were clearly tutored and created to perpetuate the false narrative of his alleged activities in Pakistan", said Raveesh Kumar, India's foreign ministry spokesperson, in a statement.

It also charged that Jadhav's wife's shoes had been removed during the security check and never returned, and warned against "any mischievous intent".

Avanti had also asked Jadhav to tell the truth to the Pakistan government that he had business interests at the Chabahar port in Iran and had nothing to do with the allegations against him.

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