Published On: Sat, Jun 6th, 2015

UP Minister says rapes happen when there’s mutual consent

Mainpuri (UP): In controversial remarks, Uttar Pradesh Minister Totaram Yadav Saturday said that “rapes happen with the mutual consent of boys and girls”.

Uttar Pradesh Minister Totaram Yadav said, “rape happens with mutual consent.”

Uttar Pradesh Minister Totaram Yadav said, “rape happens with mutual consent.”

A senior member of Samajwadi Party (SP) and chairman of Processing and Construction Cooperative Federation Limited (PACCFED) Totaram Yadav said on Saturday that rape will not be possible with a woman without her consent.

Totaram Yadav, who is also with the status of an Minister of State, said: “Rape cannot be committed. In fact, it happens with mutual consent.”

The minister, who was in Mainpuri to inspect the district jail, said rape and sexual assaults happen only when the woman agrees to it.

So, the government shouldn’t be blamed for rape cases.

“Such cases of rape don’t affect the image of the state government.

“People say that the law and order in UP is in a bad shape because of rape cases. But what can the government do?” he said.

Mainpuri has been in the eyes of the storm in recent months because of increasing number of cases of rape.

According to police records, 38 cases of rape had taken place in Mainpuri between March 2014 and March 2015. But such an absurd statement on rape is not new in the SP circle.

Earlier, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav was in a big soup for making sexist remarks. Mulayam had said in a rally in Moradabad during 2014 Lok Sabha elections that capital punishment was wrong in rape cases.

While referring the case of a photo-journalist in Mumbai in which four youths were awarded death penalty, Mulayam had said: “Boys are boys. They do commit mistakes. But they cannot be hanged for this crime”, he had said from a public platform.”

A few months later, Ambika Chaudhary, state Backward Class Welfare Minister had said: “There were reports with us that the women declare themselves as rape victims for government’s compensation of Rs 25,000 or Rs 50,000.

“We are receiving reports from across the state that the parents are also doing so. I believe compensation cannot do any good to a rape victim.”

Ram Govind Chaudhary, UP’s Education Minister had said recently that the government shouldn’t be blamed for the surging crimes in the state.

TST

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