Senior NCP leader R R Patil offers apology on Rape remark

Mumbai: Senior NCP leader and former Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil has stoked a controversy with his remarks about an MNS candidate jailed in a rape case, saying he could have waited for the Assembly elections to get over before committing the crime.

Senior NCP leader R R Patil offers apology on Rape remark

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Sharply reacting to Patil’s remark, BJP leader Shaina NC described the NCP leader as a “big joke”. (Source: PTI)

“MNS has fielded a candidate. Today, MNS activists met me and said they would back me . When I asked them why, they said their candidate is in jail.

“I asked as to what good act he has done? They told me that a rape case has been registered against him. If he wanted to contest and become an MLA, he should have committed rape after the elections,” Patil said addressing his supporters at Sangli on Friday.

Sharply reacting to Patil’s remark, BJP leader Shaina NC described the NCP leader as a “big joke”.

“After 26/11, he made an insensitive comment suggesting ‘small incidents do happen in big cities’. Then, after Shakti Mill compound rape incident, he said ‘should I give protection to all journalists’. Now, in poll mode, he is trying to be cocky by suggesting that his counterpart in MNS should have raped after the polls. He should be voted out on October 15 by the people,” she said.

Activist and advocate Abha Singh cited Section 107 (abetment of crime) of IPC to seek registration of a case against the former minister. As his remark triggered an outrage, Patil went into damage control, saying it was made in a sarcastic vein against MNS candidate Sudhakar Khade, who has a criminal background, and tendered an apology.