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Justice Secretary Clarke reignites row over rape attacks in UK.

London, Nov.22 (ANI): Britain's Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has reignited the row over rape attacks by repeating his claim that "some are more serious than others".

Clarke insisted his original statement six months ago was "eminently sensible".

He even said most of the women he knew agreed with him, and dismissed the outrage over his comments as "mass hysteria" and "hoo-ha", The Sun reports.

After the storm first broke, Clarke had apologised and admitted his "choice of words was wrong". But when challenged about his views on Radio 4's Woman's Hour yesterday, he said: "My remarks about rape were eminently sensible and agreed to by most women I knew. There was a mass hysteria set off by a range of parodies about what I was supposed to have said. Most of my critics had not listened to the programme."

Clarke spoke out as he unveiled plans to make it easier for women to become top judges.

Women's Resource Centre chief executive Vivienne Haynes said his comments were "very surprising" after his earlier apology. (ANI)

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Date:Nov 22, 2011
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