Panchkula, Nov 18 :Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has embarrassed BJP once again by issuing a controversial statement on rape incidents saying that Women cry rape and file false cases only to get back at Ex-boyfriends.
Addressing a public gathering in Kalka town of Panchkula district , Khattar began by denying reports that Haryana has witnessed a spike in rape cases in recent years. “Rapes used to happen earlier and they are happening now. It’s only the concerns that have increased,” he said.
After his statement sparked outrage, Khattar justifies by saying that almost 80 to 90 percent of rape and eve teasing incidents involve people who know each other
“The biggest concern is that in 80 to 90 percent of rape and eve-teasing cases, the accused and the victim know each other. In many cases, they know each other for a long time and, on one day, when there is an argument (between them over some issue)… an FIR is lodged, saying: ‘He has raped me’,” Khattar had said.
“Maine sehmati nahi kaha, maine between known kaha. Ye meri oer se kahi gayi baat nahi hai yeh investigations se aaya fact hai. Isse samajik taur pe deal karna chahiye, isme raajneeti nahi dekhni chahiye: Haryana CM ML Khattar on his earlier remark on rape cases,” Khattar justifying his comment.
The Congress condemned the statement and said the state government’s “anti-women mindset” has been exposed. Hitting out at the chief minister, Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala termed the statement deplorable.
“Anti-Women Mindset of Khattar Govt Exposed! Haryana CM Khattar ji makes an utterly condemnable remark. Blaming Women for complete failures to control Rapes & Gangrapes? Deplorable!,” Surjewala tweeted.
Khattar is not new to controversy and is known for his misogynistic statements.In 2014, he said that women “instigate” men to sexually assault them by wearing flimsy clothes. “If a girl is dressed decently, a boy will not look at her the wrong way,” he had said. “If they really want to enjoy their freedom of choice, 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.”