He may have been attempting to deflect the political heat on his leaders but may only have ended up feeding it futher. Punjab's education minister Surjit Singh Rakhra on Saturday brushed aside the molestation and subsequent death of a 13-year-old after being pushed off a moving bus in Punjab's Moga district, as being an act of God.
"Nobody can stop accidents. Whatever happens that happens by God's will," Rakhra said on Saturday.
"We will take precautions in future but we can't stand in front of nature, whether it's accident or any other thing," he added for good measure.
And though he spoke to television reporters and his statements were broadcast across channels, the minister denied having ever made the statement when he was contacted by Times Now.
But he wasn't the only one defending his chief minister and deputy chief minister by placing the blame on a higher power.
Joginder Pal Jain, a MLA with the Shiromani Akali Dal, defended the Badals saying that they had taken the issue very seriously.
"The crime was committed by the driver,under which law is owner of the company responsible for the crime?" Jain told ANI.
"Jitni parmaatma ne usko shwaas diye hain, wo usne bhog liye hain. Uske baad to uski takleef usko sehen karni pdegi (A man can utilise as many breaths as the Lord has given him. After that he will have to bear whatever suffering he faces)," he philosophically stated.
The statements come even as opposition parties like the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party upped their protests against the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister of the state.
All attempts by the state authorities to persuade the bereaved family to cremate her proved futile. They have rejected the offers of a compensation of Rs 20 lakh, a government job for her mother, who was also molested and pushed out of the bus, her free treatment and conducting the trial in a fast track court.
Though TV channels showed a letter purported to be carrying the thumb impression of the deceased's father endorsing the action taken by the police so far, the family was not ready to perform the last rites till the time the owners of the bus were booked.
Sukhdev Singh later told TV channels he had put the thumb impression without being explained the contents of the document.
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Updated Date: May 02, 2015 17:45:57 IST