After Mulayam Singh Yadav's 'ladke to ladke hain' (boys are boys) remark about rapists, Uttar Pradesh Police has listed mobile phones, western culture and indecent dressing by women as reasons for rape.
In a bizarre response to a Right to Information query, certain police stations cited "mobile and internet culture, western influence and indecent dressing sense among women" as some of the reasons behind rise in rape cases.
Inspector general of police (Law and Order) A Satish Ganesh told reporters on Thursday that as of now the police headquarters had no information regarding any such report given by certain police station in reply to an RTI query.
He said report has been sought from zonal heads regarding the RTI reply given by certain police stations.
Ganesh said that as part of the procedure all applications seeking information under RTI are forwarded to the respective zonal IG.
After this the police stations concerned send information sought directly to the applicant.
The IG said that in August, RTI activist Lokesh Khurana had submitted an application and sought information from RTI cell at the police headquarters on 10 points relating to measures to prevent rising rape cases and possible reasons behind such incidents.
He said that as per the procedure, the application was forwarded to the police officers concerned.
Ganesh said that there were 1,435 police stations in the state and what information they have given was not available with the state headquarters.
He said that there were some news reports regarding controversial information given by certain police stations.
These have been taken seriously and all zonal IGs have been asked to collect reports from all police station and submit the same.
The SP supremo had said at a party rally at Moradabad in April, "Rape ke liye phansi par chadha diya jaayega? Ladke to ladke hain. Galti ho jati hai" (Will boys be hanged for rape? Boys are boys. They commit mistakes.)
Mulayam had made the statement citing the example of a court sentencing three men found guilty of gang-raping two women in the abandoned Shakti Mills in Mumbai last year.