12 Ways Famous Indians Defined RAPE

7:00 pm 28 Jun, 2014


Rape and Indian Politicians have become so intrinsically linked to each other that every now and then, we wonder who is correct – the OED or their highnesses. At a time when gender sensitivity is increasingly gaining heavy ground among younger minds, these loose comments by famous people makes us feel like residents of a regressive country. The agenda is simple – to save the man from any hassle after he’s ‘made a mistake’ and put the blame on the victim. If you haven’t kept track of these varied definitions provided by certain men of political acclaim, then take a look:

1. Babu Lal Gaur, a veteran BJP Leader

This is the newest kid on the block. Here is what he had to say: “Rape is a social crime which depends on men and women. Sometimes it is right, sometimes it is wrong. Until there is a complaint, nothing can happen. Unless the person wants, no one can dare touch her. The item numbers in films create a bad environment. Also foreign culture is not good for India. Women in foreign countries wear jeans and t-shirts, dance with other men and even drink liquor, but that is their culture. It is good for them, but not for India, where only our traditions and culture are OK. Let women consider what is good and bad for them.”

Babu Lal Gaur, a veteran BJP Leader

2. Mulayam Singh Yadav, Samajwadi Party Leader

After all the atrocities against women that has plagued the state of UP, this was what the father of the UP Chief Minister had to say: “Boys and girls love each other, later they have differences, and the girl goes and gives a statement that she has been raped. And then the poor fellows are sentenced to death. Should rape cases lead to hanging? Boys are boys, they make mistakes.”

Mulayam Singh Yadav, Samajwadi Party Leader

3. Jitendar Chattar, Leader of Khap Panchayat of Haryana

Khap Panchayats are all about curbing a woman’s power. They have always vouched on things which have had no rational reasoning so far. Take a cue: “To my understanding, consumption of fast food contributes to such incidents. Chowmein leads to hormonal imbalance evoking an urge to indulge in such acts.”

Jitendar Chattar, Leader of Khap Panchayat of Haryana

4. Ramsevak  Paikra, Home Minister of Chhattisgarh

He controls law and order in Chhattisgarh. He is a member of the BJP, which currently rules the centre. However, what he says is not what you would expect. “Such incidents [rapes] do not happen deliberately. These kind of incidents happen accidentally…”

Ramsevak  Paikra, Home Minister of Chhattisgarh

5. Asaram Bapu, a Self-proclaimed Godman

Asaram Bapu can never be upto any good, can he? This is what he had to say about the December gang-rape case: “The Delhi gang-rape victim should have taken God’s name and could have held the hand of one of the men and said ‘I consider you as my brother,’ and should have said to the other two ‘brother I am helpless, you are my brother, my religious brother.’ In other words, if she had begged for forgiveness and cited the fraternity of man and called to God for help, all would have been well.”

Asaram Bapu, a Self-proclaimed Godman

6. Abu Asim Azmi, Samajwadi Leader

Father-in-law of actress Ayesha Takia Azmi, this man fell in deep trouble after making this comment: “If you keep petrol and fire together then it will burn. There should be a law to ensure that there should be no ‘nangapan’ (nudity). Those who wear less clothes should also be banned. Fashion and nudity are responsible for the current situation in India. And in rural India, girls don’t go searching out for boyfriends. I support death penalty for the Delhi rapists but there should also be a law that women should not wear less clothes and roam around with boys who are not their relatives. What is the need for roaming at night with men who are not relatives? This should e stopped.”

Abu Asim Azmi, Samajwadi Leader


7. R. R. Patil, Maharashtra State Home Minister

Rape and morality of the victim is always thought to be inversely proportional to each other. This quote will exemplify it: “Many crimes against women happen within the confines of homes. Is it possible to have a policeman in every household? Crimes like rape have increased due to films, semi-nude photographs and erosion in moral values.”

R. R. Patil, Maharashtra State Home Minister

8. Ram Gopal Yadav, Samajwadi Party Leader

“Vulgarity, obscenity and violence on TV channels are to blame for the multiple incidents of rape and assault in UP. In many places, when the relationship between girls and boys come out in open, it is termed as rape.”

Ram Gopal Yadav, Samajwadi Party Leader

9. Ramesh Bais, BJP Leader

Rape? It’s only a crime if done on an infant. Otherwise? Here is the answer: “The rape of grown up girls and women might be understandable, but if someone does this to an infant, it is a heinous crime and the offenders should be hanged.”

Ramesh Bais, BJP Leader

10. Manohar Lal Sharma, a lawyer who represented three of the Delhi-rape accused

To defend the rape-accused, he went to great extremes. This is what he had to say: “The male companion of the murdered 23-yearold was wholly responsible for the incident as the unmarried couple should not have been on the streets at night.” “Until today I have not seen a single incident or example of rape with a respected lady. Even an underworld don would not like to touch a girl with respect.”

Manohar Lal Sharma, a lawyer who represented three of the Delhi-rape accused

11. Nanki Ram Kanwar, former Chhattisgarh Home Minister

Can rape be stopped? Of course not, and this is how: “Harm can come on a person if the stars are in adverse positions. We have no answer to this, only an astrologer can predict rape.”

Nanki Ram Kanwar, former Chhattisgarh Home Minister

12. T. Thiagarajan, Education Minister of Puducherry

If rape cannot be stopped, you have to take measures to stop it. And, this is the way (according to him) it can be done: “The meeting of ministers has resolved to introduce overcoats for girl students (so that men are not driven mad with lust), operate special buses for them and ban mobile phones in schools.”

T. Thiagarajan, Education Minister of Puducherry

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