45年別居のインド首相「夫人」、24時間警護に不満

インドのモディ首相が10代の頃に結婚し、約45年間別居している妻のジャショダベン・モディさん(62)が、首相が就任した5月以来、政府が自身に24時間の武装警護を付けている理由を問う嘆願書を提出したと、明らかにした。

ジャショダベンさんは元小学校教師。現在は退職してグジャラート州で家族らと暮らしている。

ジャショダベンさんはロイターの取材で「私は四六時中5人の警護員に付き添われている。親戚や私自身が彼らの食事を用意したり、義理のきょうだいがベッドを整えなければならないこともしばしば。移動のときは、私が公共交通機関を使い、警護員はエアコンの効いた車で付いてくる」と語った。

ジャショダベンさんに付き添うのは、歴代の米大統領を警護しているシークレットサービスをモデルにした特殊警護員。法律で首相と近親者の安全を守るよう定められている。

ジャショダベンさんのきょうだいは嘆願を支持。「義理のきょうだい(モディ首相)に恥をかかせたくはないし、ぜいたくな扱いを受ける必要もない。ただ政府には、警護員が家族にとって経済的負担となっていることを理解してほしい」と述べた。

 

 

Indian PM’s wife annoyed by her bodyguards

INDIAN Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s estranged wife has questioned the government’s decision to provide her with gun-toting bodyguards around the clock, even when she travels in rickety three-wheeled taxis.

Jashodaben Modi, 62, who lives in the western state of Gujarat, said she had filed a petition to find out why she has been given security cover since Mr Modi was elected in May.

“I am surrounded by five security guards all the time. Often, my relatives or I have to cook for them, my sister-in-law has to make their beds. This is a bit annoying,” she told Reuters by telephone yesterday. “You see, it gets really chaotic when I have to travel, because I use public transport and the guards are following me in an air-conditioned car.”

Mr Modi’s wife is a retired primary school teacher who has lived with her brothers since her husband decided to separate from her about 45 years ago, when they were both teenagers.

She has never considered seeking a divorce and leads a life immersed in prayer for Mr Modi’s well-being.

She was thrown into the national spotlight when Mr Modi, after years of silence, disclosed his marriage in an election filing earlier this year.

The Premier has never spoken about his wife, but friends and relatives said that they were married off under a family arrangement, a tradition of the time, especially among the poor.

Mr Modi left home soon after, and was drawn into the ascetic life of the Hindu nationalist volunteer group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, many of whose top leaders practise celibacy to focus on the organisation’s cause of nation-building.

The First Lady’s brother, Ashok Modi, said he supported Madam Jashodaben’s decision to file a request seeking information about her security detail under the Right to Information Act.

“The commandos assigned to guard my sister have no official order by which they have been posted at my residence,” he said.

The Special Protection Group, an elite force modelled on the Secret Service that guards American presidents, took over Madam Jashodaben’s security. By law, it is responsible for the security of the Premier and his immediate family members.

“I don’t want to cause any embarrassment for my brother-in-law and I don’t need any fancy treatment, but I expect the government to understand that the security guards are becoming an economic liability for my family,” said Mr Ashok Modi.

REUTERS

Posted November 29, 2014 by admin in Uncategorized