Mulayam draws flak for saying UP has lowest rape cases

Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that even one such case was shameful.

By: Press Trust of India | Lucknow | Updated: July 19, 2014 6:30 pm
The SP chief had earlier also sparked controversy when he questioned the death penalty for rape, saying "Ladke, ladke hain; Galti ho jaati hai. The SP chief had earlier also sparked controversy when he questioned the death penalty for rape, saying “Ladke, ladke hain; Galti ho jaati hai.

While the SP government in Uttar Pradesh is under attack over a string of rape incidents, party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Saturday drew flak for saying that the state has the lowest number of such cases in the country despite a population of 21 crore.

“You are talking about UP. It has a population of 21 crore. If there is any place which has the lowest number of such (rape) cases, it is UP,” Yadav said replying to queries from reporters in Delhi on the rape and murder of a young woman in Mohanlalganj area of Lucknow.
The remarks by the SP supremo were latched on to by the Opposition which said they had exposed the “insensitivity” of the Samajwadi Party (SP) government.

The SP chief had earlier also sparked controversy when he questioned the death penalty for rape, saying “Ladke, ladke hain; Galti ho jaati hai (Boys are boys. Mistakes happen sometimes)”.

Union Minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani said it was unfortunate that such remarks had come from a prominent leader like Yadav and asked the state government to take strict action to check crimes. “The state government had come to power promising to combat crime but instead it has been rising. It is unfortunate…. Law and order is a state subject. I can only say that the state government should ensure that the laws are not restricted to books but are implemented on ground so that the people of the state get some relief,” she said in Amethi.

UPCC president Nirmal Khatri said Yadav’s statement only highlights his insensitivity toward crimes, specially those against women.
“Such crimes take place during the Samajwadi Party government because it gives shelter to those involved in wrong deeds.  “The incidents in Badaun and Mohanlalganj have taken place because of the insensitivity of the government,” he said in Lucknow and alleged that “upright” officials were being harassed and transferred from one district to another.

Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that even one such case was shameful. “The state government should try that not even one case occurs as it sends a wrong message in the country,” he said.

National Commission for Women member Shamina Shafiq said Uttar Pradesh leaders “just have to read newspapers” and they will know the number of rape cases in the state. She said while only a few are highlighted, may are reported from the districts. A number of rape incidents have been reported in the state in recent months including the rape and murder of two cousins whose bodies were found hanging from a tree in Badaun.

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    Raj
    Jul 19, 2014 at 1:42 pm
    Oh, that's why he is encouraging rape. He donot want UP to be behind any other place.
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    Sanju
    Jul 19, 2014 at 4:41 pm
    Mr Mulayam.....are you purposely ignoring the news???On what grounds are you sahying rapes are less in UP??India and the rest of the World think otherwise.You need to put more cops the street actually talking to people and solving cases instead of sitting in the office and becoming fat.
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    Citizen
    Jul 19, 2014 at 4:05 pm
    It is like the logic of an ic commander who approached a river with his men with out any crossing material so he asked his men what is the average depth of the river then he got a reply probably 4.6 feet and then he questioned what is your height and all replied 5.6 feet and above so we are more than the average let us cross the river and every on perished I hope like that this party would perish in next elections for the sake of its citizens/nation. Jaihind
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    Citizen
    Jul 19, 2014 at 3:16 pm
    What an ic logic for their failure instead of correcting law and order problem/corruption Voters should think twice before casting their vote. Jaihind
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