Telugu actor and Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan reportedly highlighted human trafficking in Andhra Pradesh and blamed it on the "Village Volunteer System," the flagship development programme of the Andhra Pradesh government.
Following his controversial remark, the Andhra Pradesh government has issued a notice to the actor, demanding proof to substantiate his allegations within a period of 10 days.
Pawan Kalyan Human Trafficking Comment
Pawan Kalyan made the remark when he was speaking at a public meeting in Eluru on Sunday. He said that the Yuvajana Shramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) led state government was using their volunteering programme to "trap girls into human trafficking."
He stated that about 30,000 girls and women had gone missing in 2019–20, and only 14,000 of them had returned home. He further pointed out that under their volunteering programme, the YRSCP had all records of the families that have women and their livelihoods, and that they were using that information to entrap girls into a web of human trafficking.
He also called on the media to take note of this. He claimed that the YRSCP gave the information they had to anti-social elements who used it to kidnap and trap women or go missing. He alleged that he learned about this from central agencies.
In response to the accusation, leaders of the Ruling YSRCP accused Pawan Kalyan of making "unfounded claims to serve his political interests."
YSRCP leader Gudivada Amarnath noted that several people, including those who weren't working with the party, were deeply condemned by Pawan Kalyan’s speech. He stated that while this kind of speech might attract attention from his "psycho fans," these allegations were false. The leader claimed that none of the words that Pawan Kalyan had said were true.
Midhun Reddy, MP of the YSRCP, also called out Pawan Kalyan, highlighting that according to official statistics, there has been a decline in the cases of missing women as compared to the tenue of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP).
Volunteers of the political party staged a protest in front of the district collectorates, village, and ward secretariats. They demanded that Pawan Kalyan offer an "unconditional apology" for his comments. The people also burned effigies and posters of the actor and politician at the protest on the premises of the secretariat throughout the state.
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