Lucknow, August 19: Mulayam Singh Yadav has done it again- taken the sensitive issue of rape and made it out to be a complete joke. While addressing a gathering during distribution of e-rickshaw on Tuesday, Yadav suddenly went on an irrelevant rant about rape and questioned the practicality of a gang rape, saying that rape by multiple people is not possible!
While trying to point out that some rape cases are made out to be gang rape cases and that ‘innocent’ people get charged under rape charges, Yadav 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…another was there… If there are four brothers, then all four are named.” Also Read: SP Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav finds death sentence unfair punishment for rape accused
The Samajwadi Party Chief and the father of the current Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav said that he wanted his son to make a law to ensure that innocent people are not implicated in rape cases. He also said that the crime figures of the state indicated that the state had the least number of rape cases and that there was a conspiracy to tarnish the image of the state.
“Out of the total rape cases in the country, only two per cent were reported from the state. It is less than in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruled Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan”, Yadav said. This is not the first time that Mulayam Singh has made shocking comments about rape. In May 2014, during an election rally in Moradabad, Yadav had said that men who commit rape should not be punished harshly.
“Boys are boys. They commit mistakes. But there shouldn’t be a provision of harsh punishment”, Mulayam had said during the rally. Yadav had also defended the rape statistics of UP by saying that the statistics were less in proportion to the number of people in the state.