Manohar Lal Khattar’s ‘Women Cry Rape After Falling Out With Partner’ Remark Has Left Netizens Divided

4:58 pm 19 Nov, 2018

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Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar recently stirred a controversy after he allegedly justified the rape incidents in India. Speaking at a function in Kalka town of Panchkula district on November 16, Khattar said that in 80-90 percent of rape and harassment cases, the accused and the victim know each other. He said that after the couple comes to know each other and spend time together, and later when an argument or fight breaks out between them, the victim accuses her partner of rape.

The CM also reportedly said that the incidents of rape have not increased, ‘they used to take place in the past and even today as well’, and that only the concern over such incidents has increased.

 


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Well, the statement was released in a video by the news agency ANI on November 17, where the chief minister can be heard saying that in most rape cases, the victim is known to the accused and the complaint is over an argument.

 

 

However, at a time when the country has been battling with the issues of rape and crimes against women, and nothing much has been done or improved across the country, it seems that the rape incidents remark by the Haryana CM has stirred quite a controversy not just among the political parties but also among the citizens of the country.

While Manohar Lal Khattar might be right in saying that in most rape or harassment cases the accused and victim know each other, we cannot lose sight of those cases that happened to children or the minors and those which went unreported.

According to the NCRB data 2016, as reported by The Indian Express, the rate of crimes against women in Gurgaon and Faridabad are reflective of a wider trend in Haryana, which recorded 1,187 rape cases under the IPC that year. These included 996 cases of rape and 191 of gangrape. And of these, as many as 518 victims were said to be minors.

 

 

Congress and Aam Aadmi Party have sternly condemned Mr. Khattar’s remarks. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a tweet said that the Haryana CM was justifying the act of rape.

 

 

Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said Khattar has made an utterly condemnable remark and he should apologize.

 

 

However, Manohar Lal Khattar’s controversial remark has left netizens divided. While many defended the chief minister saying he is right with the facts, and that the government must stop misusing gender biased laws, others called it shameful and misogynistic.

 

First time a CM speaking the truth about fake cases?

 

 

Congratulating CM for speaking the truth!

 

 

Khattar got the guts to call a spade a spade!

 

 

Stop misusing Indian gender biased laws!

 

 

What about raping minors?

 

 

Misogynistic remarks!

 

 

Absolutely shameful!

 

 

He should resign!

 

 

Manohar Lal Khattar, however, defended his remarks and gave a clarification on November 18 saying that he did not say that there is consent in the reported cases of rape but that in most cases, the victim and the perpetrator know each other. He further said that his statement was borne out of facts from investigations.


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Meanwhile, NCRB data 2016 reveals that crimes against women have been on the rise since 2014, with 9,010 cases under the Indian Penal Code and Special and Local Laws (SLL) being registered in 2014; 9,511 in 2015; and 9,839 in 2016.