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Foot-in-mouth rape remarks by politicians draw rage on Twitter

Hindustan Times  New Delhi, June 06, 2014
First Published: 13:17 IST(6/6/2014) | Last Updated: 15:31 IST(6/6/2014)

A raft of absurd, defensive comments from senior political leaders is laying bare their trivialising attitude towards tackling the growing menace of rape and murder of young woman across the nation.

Madhya Pradesh home minister Babulal Gaur stirred a hornet’s nest on Thursday when he described rape as a "social crime which depends on the man and the woman. It is sometimes right and sometimes wrong”.

His remarks drew sharp criticism on Twitter:

In comments that drew all-round condemnation, Ram Gopal Yadav, SP’s national general secretary, said on Wednesday the media was deliberately and unfairly picking on the UP government although rape happened everywhere.

"In many places, when the relationship between girls and boys come out in open, it is termed as rape. In many places, girls and boys are ready (to marry) but honour killings take place,” he told reporters.

“The most saddening and serious thing is that such incidents are not stopping. These incidents happen in other places also but are not highlighted.”

Yadav attributed the rise in incidence of sexual assaults to the “vulgarity, obscenity and violence shown on television”.

Read: Mulayam, Ram Gopal add to SP’s long list of shocking rape remarks

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has faced a lot of flak for rising number of rapes in his state:

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