Wrong statement of an UP Minister about rape

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Lucknow : Totaram Yadav, who enjoys the status of a minister in the Akhilesh government, stirred up a major row on Saturday when he said that rape takes place with mutual consent.

“There is nothing like rape – what happens is with mutual consent,” he said at a function in Mainpuri. “It is the woman who allow men to rape them. Mahilaaon ke saath ‘rape’ hota hi nahi; aapsi sehmati se mahilaayein rape karwa leti hain (Women are never raped, instead they mutually agree to get raped.),” he said adding, “A girl initially allows a boy to do everything, but when things become public, she terms it as rape.”

Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Gaurav Bhatia said the party and the state government had taken cognisance of the statement and assured appropriate action against Mr Yadav.

“The party and the government have taken cognisance of the statement and appropriate action will be taken,” the spokesman said. Opposition leaders have also slammed Mr Yadav for his insensitive and shameful comments.

In another instance of insensitivity towards women, unfazed by the controversy over his comments on the gangrape of two Delhi-based women in Goa, tourism minister Dilip Parulekar on Saturday maintained it was a “small incident” and that it occurs where tourism flourishes.

Congress workers burnt effigy of Mr Parulekar in protest against his statement even as Goa CM Laxmikant Parsekar asked the police department to initiate impartial inquiry.

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