Some leaders display the male chauvinistic attitude, while others don’t mind voicing it out in public too. While debating the rape of the Nirbhaya, many people blamed the girls for their clothes, behavior, modern outlook for their rape. However, only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches!
In another significant display of male chauvinistic attitude, Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh on August 18, 2015, made yet another controversial remark on the issue of rape incidents taking place in the country by saying that while one person commits rape, four are named in the complaint even though rape by four persons is not ‘practically’ possible.
The seasoned leader lacked restraint of speech and the physical and mental agony that a rape victim undergoes. Before uttering such a statement, he should have visualized such a predicament in terms of girls in his own family.
While speaking at a programme to distribute free e-rickshaws under a State Government Scheme in the state capital, he said, the population (of Uttar Pradesh) is 21 crore while that of Madhya Pradesh is 6 crore. There (in MP), the percentage of rape cases is 9.8 while in UP, it is 2. Moreover, in BJP ruled Rajasthan this percentage is 7. Don’t even ask about Delhi, I live there and know what happens. So, if there is one place with the lowest number of rapes, it is Uttar Pradesh.
One commits rape and then four more are named. Kabhi Aisa Ho Sakta Hai Kya? Aisa Practical Hi Nahin Hai. (Can such a thing happen? It is impractical), said the Samajwadi Party supremo.
Some are bent to give (UP) negative publicity. Remember, you tell a lie a hundred times and it becomes the truth. There are powers spreading canards about you. What happened in Badaun case. All the big leaders of the country went there. Chalo Badaun was the refrain then. Finally what happened, CBI said there was no rape, he added.
Earlier, Mulayam had made controversial remarks referring to rape. Speaking at a public meeeting in Moradabad in April, Yadav had said, “Boys make mistakes. They should not hang for this. We will revoke the anti-rape laws.”