The list of deplorable statements from Indian politicians, regarding rape, continues and the latest comes from Indian state minister Babulal Gaur.
He is a member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the home minister, who is essentially responsible for law and order, of the central state of Madhya Pradesh.
While speaking to reporters, Gaur uttered these golden words about rape: "This is a social crime which depends on men and women. Sometimes it's right, sometimes it's wrong." He also stated that the crime of rape can only be considered to have been committed if it is reported to police.
This is not the first time he has landed in trouble because of his comments on rape. Gaur earlier stirred controversy by stating that no woman could be touched without her allowing anyone to do so.
Recently, two Indian teen girls from a low-caste Dalit community were gang rapedbefore being hung to a tree in India’s most populous state of Uttar Pradesh (UP). The family of the victims blamed five men from the village for the incident and accused the police of shielding the rapists.
The chief of the Samajwadi Party, which runs the state of UP, Mulayam Singh Yadav is also notorious for his insensitive remarks about rape convictions. While addressing an election campaign rally, Mr. Yadav criticized the death penalty for rapists by saying, "Handing death sentence for rape is not fair... boys make mistakes... there will be changes in the law if we come to power."
Politicians and law enforcement agencies are the vanguards of individual security, particularly in a country where a rape takes place every 22 minutes. However, police involvement in the crimes and the imbecilic statements by politicians leave us wondering that despite the continuing activism, is there enough being done at the state level?