Condemning the "small rape" remarks made by activist Kiran Bedi in the context of the media coverage for such crimes, the National Commission for Women (NCW) has decided to take a suo motu cognisance of the utterances and sought apology from the former IPS officer.
"Ms Bedi is a woman and a former police officer. She should have shown extreme sensitivity while talking about a serious crime like rape. There is nothing like a 'small rape'. A rape is a rape and should be viewed as a crime against humanity," NCW member Nirmala Samant Prabhavalkar said in a statement.
Bedi made the remarks when she accused media of ignoring corruption allegations against UPA ministers and not giving coverage despite erstwhile Team Anna giving evidence regarding it.
"It is distressing that Ms Bedi showed utter lack of sensitivity on a serious issue. It shows her feudal mentality. I demand an immediate apology from her," Prabhavalkar said in the statement.
"The NCW has decided to take a suo motu cognisance of Ms Bedi's statement. It will issue a notice to her on Monday," Prabhavalkar said.
After her remarks created a furore, Bedi tweeted that "deliberate wrong news" was being circulated to distract people from knowing what she said.
"I never said rape is small crime. I said when small ranked person commits rape crime he is hung while big ones go scotfree. It was about comparative punishment. Small officer (not small rape) involved in rape is hung while big ones go scotfree!" Bedi said.