- Sushma Swaraj made a stinging statement in parliament today
- Mother and wife met Kulbhushan Jadhav in Islamabad on Monday
- The women were not allowed to use their native Marathi language
"Avanti Jadhav choked up as she told me the first question her son asked was - how is Baba (father)? Looking at me like this, he feared something bad had happened...he was reassured only when he saw his wife in the same state," Ms Swaraj said in an impassioned and hard-hitting statement in both houses.
Pakistan, said Ms Swaraj, used the emotional reunion of a "mother with her son and a wife with her husband" after 22 months as a propaganda tool.
In the name of security, she said, Mr Jadhav's mother and wife Chetankul were forced to change and wear what was given to them by the Pakistanis. "His mother, who wears only saris, was forced to wear a salwar Kameez," Ms Swaraj to cries of "shame" from parliamentarians.
"His mother told me she told the Pakistani officials she had never removed the mangalsutra, the symbol of her marriage...but they said nothing doing. This is the height of be-adabi (misbehavior)."
Cries of "Pakistan Murdabad (down with Pakistan)" rang out in the Lok Sabha.
Mr Jadhav interacted with his family for the first time since his arrest last year by Pakistan across a glass screen, through intercom. The women were not allowed to use their native Marathi language. When they did, they were repeatedly interrupted before the intercom was finally switched off.
Reacting to the statement, Congress's Ghulam Nabi Azad said: "This did not happen with Kulbhushan Jadhav's family but every mother and sister in India."
Trinamool Congress lawmaker Derek O'Brien said: "We completely endorse every word of the statement and the spirit of the statement."
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