Slamming Pakistan for humiliating Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife and mother during their meeting with the former Indian naval officer, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today said that Islamabad made Jadhav's wife and mother appear as widows to him.
"Pakistan made Kulbhushan Jadhav's wife and mother appear as widows to him, by forcing them to take off their mangalsutra, bindi and bangles," Sushma Swaraj said in her report to the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha.
Speaking in Rajya Sabha, Swaraj said the meeting between alleged Indian spy Jadhav and his family lacked "humanity" and "goodwill".
Swaraj added that in the name of security, Pakistani authorities forced his mother and wife to change clothes and take off their jewellery, including the 'mangalsutra', and bindi.
"The manner in which the meeting was organised was appalling. Their clothes, shoes, bangles and even their mangalsutras were taken away. Their human rights were violated again and again, and an environment of fear was created for them," she said.
Sushma further said that there was nothing in the meeting like a humanitarian gesture.
"Human rights of the family members were violated again and again and an environment of fear was created for them", Swaraj said.
The Pakistani claim that there was a device in the shoes of Jadhav's wife is "absurdity beyond measure" as she travelled through Dubai airport security and their own security to reach Islamabad, the External Affairs Minister said.
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"Government has successfully stalled Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence through a farcical trial", she said.
She also lamented that the Pakistani authorities allowed media to come close to Jadhav's family members despite prior agreement that they would not do so.
Meanwhile, leaders of all political parties in the House have condemned the Pakistani attitude.
Kulbhushan Jadhav has been awarded death sentence by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage.