New Delhi: After drawing criticism for his statement on rape cases, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday said that there should be no politics over his remark. Talking to reporters, he said, “I did not say word agree, I mentioned ‘between known’. This is not my spoken word and it is fact which came out in the investigations too. The matter should be dealt with socially and not politically.

Manohar Lal Khattar had courted a controversy over his remarks on rape incidents. At a function in Kalka town of Panchkula district, Khattar had said that most of the rape incidents happen between known people. “The incidents of rape have not increased… Rapes used to take place in the past and even today as well. (Only) the concern (over such incidents) has increased,” remarked Khattar.

“The biggest concern is that in 80 to 90 per cent 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’,” he said.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday slammed his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar for “justifying rape” after the latter claimed that most of the rape cases filed were “fake”.

Sharing Khattar’s speech on Twitter, Kejriwal said, “If this is the mentality of a state’s Chief Minister then how do you expect the women to be safe?

“CM sir is justifying rape. This is the reason why incidences of rape are increasing in Haryana and rapists are not caught… they roam around free.”

Khattar has made such appalling comments in the past as well. In 2014, the Chief Minister had said, “girls need to dress properly to prevent rapes.”

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 had tweeted.

In September this year, the alleged abduction and gang rape of a 19-year-old girl from Haryana’s Rewari had created a nation-wide outrage. Three accused were later arrested in the case.

In another ghastly incident that happened in October this year in the state, a seven-year-old girl was allegedly raped while returning from school in Rewari district.