Mulayam's rape remark sparks row.
SAMAJWADI Party ( SP) president Mulayam Singh Yadav, who had faced flak for appearing to defend rapists in the past, has made yet another controversial statement.
While addressing a gathering on Tuesday, he said many rape incidents were made out to be gang rapes though it was "impractical". "It is impossible for four people to rape someone together. In fact, it happens that if one is a rapist, three other people are implicated in the case... If one person commits rape, his three other brothers will also be made accused in the case," he said at a function where he distributed e- rickshaws.
Mulayam said he wanted Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to come up with a legislation to ensure that innocent were not implicated in such cases in the state.
"Out of total rape cases in the country, only two per cent happened in Uttar Pradesh last year. It is less than what happen in BJP- ruled states such as Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Some people are trying to tarnish the image of the Samajwadi Party government alleging poor law and order situation in the state," he said.
Mulayam claimed that while 9.80 per cent rapes took place in Madhya Pradesh, seven per cent was reported from Rajasthan last year.
However, the SP supremo also admitted even though it was two per cent, rape incidents should be stopped in Uttar Pradesh. Mulayam's statement has given ammunition to the MSY wants law to ensure innocent not implicated
Opposition parties, which are taking pot shots at him for making the controversial and sexist remark.
"He is trying to prove that there is nothing like gang rape.
This means he is also questioning a large number of court orders in gang rape cases. We all know very well that the Samajwadi Party is run by criminals.
Obviously, Mulayam will talk in
their support, even if they are rapists," said Vijay Bahadur Pathak, spokesperson for Uttar Pradesh BJP. Dwijendra Tripathi, spokesperson for UP Congress, said, "We are not surprised because Mulayam and the SP always stand for rapists. Our concern is that his statement will boost the morale of the rapists and other hardcore criminals in the state." Earlier in May 2014, Mulayam had said in an election rally in Moradabad that there should not be harsh punishment for rapists.
While speaking about four accused, who were involved in sexually assaulting a journalist in Mumbai, he had said, "Boys are boys. They commit mistakes.
But there shouldn't be a provision of harsh punishment to them."
SP CHIEF'S PAST SLIP- UP
IN May 2014, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh at a rally in Moradabad, said he would scrap the new anti- rape law which provides for hanging for the horrific crime.
"Rape ke liye phansi par chadha diya jaayega? Ladke, ladke hain. Galti ho jati hai," he said. ( Will boys be hanged for rape? Boys are boys. They commit mistakes.) He didn't stop at that and went on to promise that if his party came to power, he would ensure that the law is changed.
"Efforts will be made to change such a law, so that those misusing it are punished." "Those filing false reports will also be taken to task," he said.
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