Khattar draws flak for ‘rape’ remark


A day after Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar set off a controversy by saying that in 80-90% of rape and harassment cases the accused and the victim know each other, the Opposition parties on Sunday hit out at the BJP, saying the ‘anti-women’ mindset of the BJP and its Chief Minister had been exposed.

Asking Mr. Khattar to apologise for his remark, Senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewla said in a tweet, “Misogyny is the buzzword for BJP. BJP leaders and Haryana CM Khattar ji ’s ‘Talibani thought process’ exposed again by his disparaging remarks. Are 80% rape cases false? If boys-girls meet, does it lead to rapes as Khattar ji says? Apologise to India’s daughters.”

“Anti-women mindset of Khattar govt. exposed!…Blaming women for complete failure to control rapes and gangrapes? Deplorable!” he said in another tweet.

Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal questioned the security of women in Haryana. “There is anger among women on Mr. Khattar’s statement. Women say that when a Chief Minister can make such comments against them, how can women be safe in his State,” Mr. Kejriwal tweeted.

Mr. Khattar, however, denied that he ever made a remark that “rapes happen due to consent.”

“I never said ‘consent’, what I said was ‘between known’ people. And this is not something that I am saying, this has come out of investigations. This should be dealt with at the social level, and no politics should be done,” he said on Sunday, talking to reporters.

At a function in Kalka on Saturday, Mr. Khattar had said “…the incidents of rape have not increased, rapes took place in the past and even today as well, the concern has now risen. The biggest concern is that in these incidents of rape and eve-teasing, 80% to 90% take place among those who know each other..for a long time they roam around together, one day there’s an argument and an FIR is lodged that he has raped me.”

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