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:
Making a case study of Babu Lal Gaur, Modi government should come out with a senile politician retirement policy.— Mahesh Jagga (@MaheshJagga) June 5, 2014
The "Foot In Mouth Disease" has only one cure: Complete political isolation; both "within"; as well as "outside" the party. #BabuLalGaur— Yashwant Deshmukh (@cvoter) June 6, 2014
BJP should fix a tape on the mouth of ppl like Babu Lal Gaur.. ShameLess Personality, who don't know what to say, when to say, where to say— ?????The Indian Lion (@pdixit55) June 6, 2014
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.
Rapes are sometimes right, sometimes wrong: Babu Lal Gaur (BJP) Now Supporters are confused whether to criticize him or not.
— Arnab Modi (@justicearnab) June 5, 2014
"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”.
Arre Ram Gopal Yadav, vulgarity/obscenity on TV as a reason for rape has already taken by one of ur ilk. As is chowmein. Pick something new.— Karishma (@karishmau) June 5, 2014
SP's Ram Gopal Yadav on rape: "vulgarity on tv is corrupting mentality of people." & who/what has corrupted his brain, or does he have one?— kanika gahlaut (@kanikagahlaut) June 4, 2014
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has faced a lot of flak for rising number of rapes in his state:
Someone pls tell Ram Gopal Yadav, that his party chief's comments & not 'TV content' encourage such crimes.— pavni mittal (@pavnimittal) June 4, 2014
Despicable Gang rape in Badaun UP is condemnable but worst is the casual reaction of Akhilesh Yadav. So insensitive.— S l Habib (@irfhabib) May 29, 2014
Akhilesh Yadav was supposed to bring a generational change to politics. Has taken it back a few generations.— Rahul Roushan (@rahulroushan) June 4, 2014