Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and his party colleague Abu Azmi's comments on women and rape are unacceptable, according to an online survey conducted by HT.
After the two politicians triggered a massive controversy in the politically charged atmosphere, HT asked its readers on Friday what they feel about Mulayam and Azmi's statements on the anti-rape law and women having sex outside marriage.
Altogether 6,350 respondents voted till 10pm. Of them, as many as 5,874 (92.5% of the respondents) said the comments were unacceptable.
Mulayam had said on Thursday that boys made "mistakes" and it was not fair to award death penalty for rape. He had added that if voted to power, the SP would make changes in the tough anti-rape law to stop its misuses.
Adding another chapter to the controversy, Azmi on Friday said women, including rape victims, who had sex outside marriage should be hanged.
The comments came at a time when women's security has emerged as one of the key issues in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
The online poll conducted by HT found there were not many takers for the SP leaders' statements.
A meagre 391 (6.16%) of the respondents said the comments were acceptable. Also, 85 (1.34%) of the voters said they were not sure whether the comments were fair or unacceptable.
"The problem is that our politicians are focused on managing people's life rather than managing the nation, a job for which they applied for and were elected to do," one Sandeep Godkhindi commented on an HT report on the controversy.