Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav, an India national who was arrested in Balochistan, Pakistan over the charges of terrorism and spying being a commander of India Navy under working in India’s intelligence agency RAW. After years of wait, yesterday a meeting of Jadhav and his family including his wife and mother was arranged by Pakistan but this meeting proved a harassing experience for the family of Jadhav.
Pakistani official harassed them and even forced them to remove their bindis on their forehead, mangalsutra, their Bangles. The harassment of Jadhav’s family continued as they were asked to change their clothes before meeting Jadhav. On the way out Jadhav’s wife wasn’t even given her footwear back.
The Ministry of External Affairs said, “Jadhav was under considerable stress, speaking under coercion with tutored answers.” MEA further questioned on his appearance as he was looking gaunt and pale. The footage which was released by Pakistan is the proof of his condition.
The Ministry described the meeting as a hostile and horrifying atmosphere that members of Jadhav’s family got to see him. Cultural sensitivity was ignored, he was prevented from speaking in his native tongue in Marathi and was intimidated to constantly interrupt them.
On the conviction of spying, Jadhav is on the death penalty by Pakistan and it took months of the petition after Pakistan allowed his family to meet Jadhav. This emotional meeting was interrupted by a glass partition, even they were not allowed to use the intercom and speaking in their native language.
Raveesh Kumar, the MEA spokesperson said, “We regret that contrary to assurances, the overall atmosphere of the meeting was intimidating insofar as family members were concerned. Family members, however, handled the situation with great courage and fortitude.”
Pakistan took no concern over India’s demand as it was clearly told that no media will be present there but the media was present and even they asked humiliating and harassing questions to the members of Jadhav family. The media gathered at the Pakistan foreign office, shouted at them, and hurt the sentiments of his mother Avanti and wife Chetankul.
The MEA said, “The Pakistani press was allowed on multiple occasions to approach family members closely, harass and Hector them and hurt false and motivated accusations about Shri Jadhav. This was despite a clear agreement that the media would not be allowed close access.”
The MEA described the whole scenario as, “The deputy high commissioner was initially separated from family members who were taken to the meeting without informing him. The meeting was started without his presence and he could join only after pressing the matter with concerned officials. Even then, he was kept behind an additional partition that did not allow him access to the meeting as agreed.”