New Delhi, Apr 22: Union Minister Santosh Gangwar stoked up a controversy as he said that people should not make a fuss over one or two rape incidents. Calling rape incidents as unfortunate, he asserted that such cases cannot be prevented sometimes. His statement comes in the wake of the nation-wide protests over Kathua and Unnao rape cases. (Rape Cases in India: A Timeline Till it Stops)
“Aisi ghatnaye (rape cases) durbhagyapurn hoti hain,par kabhi kabhi roka nahi ja sakta hai.Sarkar sakriya hai sab jagah ,karyavahi kar rahi hai.Itne bade desh mein ek do ghatna ho jaye to baat ka batangad nahi banana chahiye (Such cases are unfortunate, but sometimes cannot be prevented. Governments everywhere are alert and action is being taken. Fuss shouldn’t be made if one or two such incidents happen),” he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. (Rape is Rape, Don’t Politicise it: PM Modi in London)
Meanwhile, on social media, Gangwar welcomed Union Cabinets approval for death penalty to child rapists. “”I welcome the provision of death penalty for rape of any girl below 12 years and increasing punishment from 10 to 20 years if a girl below 16 years is violated. This will help in bringing deterrence in society. All of us have to stand up against this crime,” he tweeted.
The Union Cabinet on April 21 approved an ordinance to award death sentence to rapists of children below 12 years of age. In a number of measures to strengthen the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, the Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the promulgation of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, for effective deterrence against commission of rape, thereby instilling a sense of security among women and especially young girls in the country.