Latest from Trinamool: MLA says rape will exist till end of time

MLA Dipak Haldar said iIt is not possible for chief minister Mamata Banerjee alone to solve this problem'.

By: Press Trust of India | Kolkata | Updated: August 28, 2014 6:54 pm

After Tapas Pal, another Trinamool leader has sparked a controversy by his remark that as “long as the world exists, rape will be there,” inviting strong condemnation from the opposition and women rights groups.

“Rapes were committed earlier, rapes are being committed now. As long as the world exists, rape will be there,” TMC MLA Dipak Haldar said at a meeting at Diamond Harbour in neighbouring South 24 Paraganas district on Wednesday.

Haldar described rape as a “social disease” and said, “We do not support rape. It is not possible for chief minister Mamata Banerjee alone to solve this problem”.

TMC MP Tapas Pal had earlier threatened to kill opposition CPI(M) workers and have their women raped if a single ruling party worker was attacked.

The comment triggered an outrage forcing him to tender an apology.

Reacting to Haldar’s remark, Congress leader Manish Tewari said it was “extremely unfortunate” that such insensitive comments continued to be made.

“The fact is that public representatives need to be not only restrained in their utterances but more importantly need to play a positive role in creating a climate where there is safety for women,” Tewari said.

Former NCW chief Mamta Sharma said, “The Chief Minister of Bengal being a woman herself and these recurrent derogatory remarks by TMC men is very unfortunate. The CM has never looked into such issues. These men should be suspended from the party. Mamata Banerjee should take some steps”.

Ritubrata Banerjee of CPI(M) said the statements are in “the line with what is happening in TMC itself”.

“You cannot expect some action against these leaders,” she said.

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    Sudhir
    Aug 28, 2014 at 12:59 pm
    rape will exist till Trinamool exist.
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      Natarajan
      Aug 28, 2014 at 1:06 pm
      Though politically incorrect, what he has said is absolutely true.
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        harry
        Aug 28, 2014 at 10:22 am
        This shows the quality of the MLAs and MPs who take seats in the parliament in the name of democracy. Most of them are pure criminals, and had they been in the west, some of them would be in jail, and out of politics for ever. The CM wants her state to be like London, but she does not follow the code of conduct the politicians have to follow in London.
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          bhagawan
          Aug 28, 2014 at 12:48 pm
          If rapists are punished severely, starting with castration first (for those with life sentences) and hanging within a few month's of conviction with death sentence, the incidence will come down. A reexamination of all politicians involved should be undertaken first and fast-tracked with no excuses followed by lifetime ban from politics for any serious crime.
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            Citizen
            Aug 28, 2014 at 1:30 pm
            Only one thing is clear from these guys statements either they are ignorant or seeking some cheap pority by making such statements. The reason crime existed from time immemorial that is the reason as a society we framed laws to rein in the criminals and punish them as per our laws and established customs. Society is dynamic so it is for the law makers to make, amend, create, s laws to keep with fast paced society's needs. But when we have morons as our elected guys what else we can expect???? It is for the voters to select and elect right guys. Jaihind
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