10 disgusting statements on Rape by Indian politicians, prove they don’t give a damn to rape cases in India

Rape is undoubtedly a heinous crime carried out by someone against a woman or girl. When a woman is raped by a monster, she is left with no choice but to commit suicide. It has become common to see news with the word “Rape”. Every day, many women are raped in our country. But only a few rape cases are reported to the police. An estimated 99% of sexual violence cases are not reported. While rape takes thousands of lives of women every year, Some politicians have made disgusting statements about rape.

Here are 10 disgusting statements

1. K. J. George (Congress Minister)

Karnataka Home Minister K. J. George made a revolting comment about rape while replying to a question about the gang rape of a 22-year old BPO employee by the driver and cleaner of a van in Bangalore. He said, “How can you say gangrape? Gangrape means four-five people.”

2. Thua Khap (Panchayat leader in Haryana)

Panchayat leader Jitender Chhatar said Chowmein and fast food lead to rape. His comment, “Chowmein leads to hormonal imbalance, evoking an urge to indulge in acts such as rape and sex.”

3. Dipak Haldar (TMC MLA)

TMC MLA once made a disgusting statement about the rise of crimes against women, he stated that rapes will continue to happen. “As long as the earth exists, there will be rapes. Rapes have happened in the past and will continue to happen.” he said.

4. Mulayam Singh Yadav (Former Chief Minister of UP)

Mulayam Singh Yadav faced flak for his insensitive remark that gang-rapes are practically not possible. He said, “Often if one person commits rape, four people are named in the complaint. Four people are named for rape, can it be possible? It is not practical. They probably say one was watching, while another was there. If there are four brothers, then all four are named.”

5. Manohar Lal Khattar (Chief Minister of Haryana)

Manohar Lal advised girls to dress decently so as not to lure boys. He said, “If a girl is dressed decently, a boy will not look at her in the wrong way. If you want freedom, why don’t they just roam around naked? Freedom has to be limited. These short clothes are western influences. Our country’s tradition asks girls to dress decently.”

6. K.S. Eshwarappa (Former Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister)

K.S. Eshwarappa made a highly controversial statement while interacting with media and told a woman journalist that what can the opposition party do if “someone drags and rapes” her? “You are a woman, you are here now, if someone drags you and rapes you, we opposition people will be somewhere else. What can we do?” he said.

7. Kailash Vijayvargiya (BJP leader from Madhya Pradesh)

Kailash Vijayvargiya cited an example from Ramayana and made a cringe-worthy comment that rape cases will happen if a woman crosses her limits just the way Sita was abducted by Ravana. He said, “If the limit of morality is crossed by women, such (rape) cases will happen.”

8. Ramsevak Paikra (Chhattisgarh Home Minister)

While interacting with a news channel about the rise in rape incidents, Ramsevak Paikra made a controversial comment by saying that rapes happen “by mistake”. He said, “No one commits rape intentionally. It happens by mistake.”

9. Satyadev Katare (Congress leader)

Congress leader Satyadev Katare angered everyone at a rally in Bhind district when he made this appaling remark. He said, “A man only starts harassing a woman after she gives him suggestive looks.”

10. Asha Mirje (Maharashtra State Women’s Commission member)

Asha Mirje made a shockingly repulsive statement when she held Nirbhaya responsible for her rape. She said, “Did Nirbhaya really have to go to watch a movie at 11 in the night with her friend? Take the Shakti Mills gang-rape case. Why did the victim go to such an isolated spot at 6 pm?”

Is it right to make disgusting comments about rape when protests are being held in various parts of India in the wake of the Hyderabad rape case? If politicians cannot take action against rapists, they do not have any right to make a disgusting statement about rape. 

Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.