BJP MLA Usha Thakur denied that she has justified the recent lynching of rape accused by a mob in Nagaland and said her remark that rapists should be hanged publicly was made for people who raped minor girls.
"My remark had nothing to do with Nagaland incident," she said on Wednesday and insisted that she still stands by her remark that men who rape minor girls should be hanged in full public view and their last rites should not be performed.
"Let crows, vultures eat their bodies. This will deter others from committing such a heinous crime. We need more stringent laws for such criminals. This is what I had said," Thakur told HT. "I also say that Human Rights Commission should have no problem with public hanging of men who rape minor girls. A person who rapes a two-year-old girl is a demon and not a human being," she remarked.
The MP BJP vice-president and MLA representing Indore assembly constituency three had made the remark on the sidelines of a function held on Sunday to felicitate 30 women as part of International Women's Day celebrations.
She had said that if the rapist is a minor, the upper age limit for juveniles under the criminal justice system should be lowered to 14.