A leader of ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday ignited controversy by saying that "rapes happen with mutual consent".
Processing and Construction Cooperative Ltd (Paccfed) chairman Tota Ram Yadav said the alleged incidents of rape took place with the consent of women. It was only when the cases came to light that they were described as rape.
Yadav, who has the status of a minister of state made this comment while talking to reporters after visiting the district jail in Mainpuri.
The minister went on to classify rape into two types, saying, “One which is forced and another that happens with mutual consent. What can the government do in such mutual consent cases? But people still put the blame on the government. In fact, such incidents cannot be stopped.”
Criticising the minister's comment, lawyer and activist Abha Singh called it "deplorable and shameful".
"UP minister's statement is deplorable and shameful. But I think this is his party-line because other leaders of his party have also made such statements," Abha Singh said.
Samajwadi Party leader Gaurav Bhatia said the party and the state government have taken cognisance of Yadav's statement and assured appropriate action against him.
(With ANI inputs)