The Badaun gang-rape incident has once again raised the question of women's safety in the country. Amid nationwide outrage over the horrific incident, bizarre remarks on women and rape, from various politicians have fuelled the anger.
Women from villages take out a peaceful protest march to seek justice in the gangrape and murder of two minor girls in Badaun, Uttar Pradesh. (Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)
Sample some remarks here:
Ram Gopal Yadav
While talking to the media after the Badaun gang-rape incident, SP's national general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav said that rapes happened everywhere and but the incidents were not highlighted.
"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. 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 incidents of sexual assaults to the “vulgarity, obscenity and violence shown on television”.
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Mulayam Singh Yadav
The SP chief said his party was not insensitive and was taking action. "What to do...we are sensitive. We are not insensitive...Strict action is being taken against culprits. You do your work and let us do our work," he said.
Earlier in April, Yadav had said boys make mistakes but you cannot award them capital punishment. "Men commit mistakes but they can't be hanged for it".
Madhya Pradesh home minister Babulal Gaur described rape as a 'social crime'. “It is a social crime which depends on the man and the woman. It is sometimes right and sometimes wrong."
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav when asked by journalists about the rapes said, “You are okay? You are not in danger, right?” He also said a Google search would show rapes happen at other places too.
“There is only one phrase for this and that is 'moral limit'; there is a lakshman rekha for every person, when that is crossed then the demon-king Raavan will abduct Goddess Sita", the BJP leader said when asked to comment on sexual harassment cases in the country.
CPI(M) leader Anisur Rehman mocked Mamata Banerjee government on its decision to compensate rape victims.
"We have told the chief minister in the assembly that the government will pay money to compensate rape victims. What is your fee? If you are raped, what will be your fee?," asked Anisur on Dec 25.
Congress leader Botsa Satyanarayana had termed the Delhi gang-rape incident minor and said women should not roam around at night. "Just because India got freedom at midnight, is it necessary for women to move on the streets at midnight?"
"Did Nirbhaya really have go to watch a movie at 11 in the night with her friend? Take the Shakti Mills gang-rape case. Why did the victim go to such an isolated spot at 6pm?" said Mirje stirring a controversy following December 16 Delhi gang rape.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said incidents of rape were the result of adoption of western culture.“Crimes against women happening in urban India are shameful. It is a dangerous trend. But such crimes won’t happen in Bharat or the rural areas of the country. You go to villages and forests of the country and there will be no such incidents of gang-rape or sex crimes."
SP leader Abu Azmi said that any woman who has sex before marriage should be hanged. "Rape is punishable by hanging in Islam. But here, nothing happens to women, only to men. Even the woman is guilty. Girls complain when someone touches them, and even when someone doesn’t touch them. It becomes a problem then... If rape happens with or without consent, it should be punished as prescribed in Islam".
Nanki Ram Kanwar
Chhattisgarh minister Nanki Ram Kanwar blamed inauspicious stars for increasing incidents of rape.
"As the year 2012 was leaving, inauspicious phase emerged owing to the stars that seem to have led to the higher incidences of molestations and rape. This is really unfortunate.
"Our country is land of spiritual belief and philosophy. I also believe that just like the stars are responsible for the outcome of good or bad events, the incidents of rape too are consequences of the bad phase controlled by stars."
Khap leader Jitender Chhatar blamed 'chowmein' for rapes. "To my understanding, consumption of fast food contributes to such incidents. Chowmein leads to hormonal imbalance evoking an urge to indulge in such acts," he said.
BJP MP Ramesh Bais told reporters that rape of grown-ups is understandable but that of an infant is a henious crime. “The rape of grown-up girls and women might be understandable, but if someone does this to an infant, it is a heinous crime and the offenders should be hanged.”
BJP leader Ramesh Bais told reporters that rape of grown-ups is understandable but that of an infant is a henious crime. “The rape of grown-up girls and women might be understandable, but if someone does this to an infant, it is a heinous crime and the offenders should be hanged.”
Puducherry education minister had suggested redesigning of school uniform and make it mandatory for girl students to wear overcoats.
"The meeting resolved to introduce overcoats for girl students, operate special buses for them and ban mobile phones in schools. Our government is committed to ensuring safety of women, particularly girl students," school education minister T Thiagarajan said.
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