10 statements by Indian politicians on rape that represents ‘disgust’

1 July-2014, Mid-day: Actor-turned-Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal’s rape remarks have sparked widespread disbelief and disgust. Here’s a look at some outrageous statements made by politicos on the sensitive issue.

10 statements by Indian politicians on rape that represents ‘disgust’

10 statements by Indian politicians on rape that represents 'disgust'

“I warn my opponents, if anything happens to my mothers or sisters, my party workers, I will not spare them, I will have the last word. I will make their family pay dearly. I will ask my boys to go there. They will rape them and leave.”

– Tapas Pal, Trinamool Congress MP

“It (rape) is a social crime which depends on the man and the woman. It is sometimes right and sometimes wrong. This (rape) is a human perversion. No one informs others before committing a rape, so that he can be apprehended. We can prevent someone (from driving) without a helmet on the streets to prevent accidents. There is no info about a potential rapist. It happens in an isolated area.”

– Babulal Gaur, home minister in the BJP government of Madhya Pradesh

“Even if we provide one policeman per house we can’t stop crimes against women. The rise in atrocities against women is due to erosion in moral values.”

– R R Patil, Maharashtra Home Minister

One of the reasons behind the increase in incidents of eve-teasing is short dresses and short skirts worn by women. This in turn instigates young men.”

– Chiranjeet Chakraborty, MLA, Trinamool Congress

“Just because India achieved freedom at midnight does not mean that women can venture out after dark.”

– Botsa Satyanarayana, former chief of Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee

“If rape happens with or without consent, it should be punished as prescribed in Islam. Any woman if, whether married or unmarried, goes along with a man, with or without her consent, should be hanged. Both should be hanged. It shouldn’t be allowed even if a woman goes by consent.”

– Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi to Mid-day

“Such incidents (rapes) do not happen deliberately. These kind of incidents happen accidentally.”

– Ramsevak Paikra, Chhattisgarh’s home minister

“Boys make mistakes. They should not be hanged for this. We will revoke the anti-rape laws.”

– Mulayam Singh Yadav, Samajwadi Party chief

“To my understanding, consumption of fast food contributes to such incidents (rape). Chowmein leads to hormonal imbalance evoking an urge to indulge in such acts.”

– Haryana khap panchayat leader Jitender Chhatar

A Haryana khap panchayat actually said the age limit for girls as far as marriage is concerned should be lowered in order to prevent rapes among women in Haryana. “I am with the khaps on this issue. This will protect women,”

-Former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala