SP leader Totaram Yadav makes U-turn after rape remarks

The senior SP leader had also classified rapes into two types, saying, "Rapes are of two types -- one which is forced and another that happens with mutual consent."

By: Press Trust of India | Lucknow | Published: June 7, 2015 7:52 pm
totaram yadav, Samajwadi Party, Uttar Pradesh, rape, sex, consensual sex, mulayam, lucknow news, uttar pradesh news, india news, nation news, news Asked if rape incidents in the state could be controlled, Totaram Yadav had said in Mainpuri, “What is rape? There is nothing as such. Rapes happen with mutual consent of boys and girls.”

A day after making controversial remarks that “rapes happen with mutual consent”, senior Samajwadi Party leader Totaram Yadav on Sunday made a U-turn and said that he never made such a statement.

“Where does rape happen. It doesn’t happen here (in UP). I have not made any statement,” the Uttar Pradesh Processing and Construction Cooperative Limited (PACCFED) Chariman said.

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His volte-face came when the ruling party rapped him hours after he made the controversial comments which went viral on the electronic media.

Asked if rape incidents in the state could be controlled, Yadav had said in Mainpuri, “What is rape? There is nothing as such. Rapes happen with mutual consent of boys and girls.”

The senior SP leader had also classified rapes into two types, saying, “Rapes are of two types — one which is forced and another that happens with mutual consent.”

Yadav was speaking to reporters after inspecting a district jail. He, however, parried queries to elaborate on his remarks.

Samajwadi Party has condemned his statement and said that strict action would be initiated against him.

“We condem such statement as the party has initiated a number of schemes to empower women including launching 1090 helpline services. The party will take strict action against him,” a party release issued here said yesterday.

It also clarified that Totaram was chariman of PACCFED but he did not enjoy the status of minister.

SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav had last year sparked outrage with his comments questioning the death sentence to three men who were convicted of two gang-rapes in Mumbai.

“Should rape cases be punished with hanging? They are boys, they make mistakes,” he had then said.

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  1. Raju Charles
    Jun 8, 2015 at 12:29 am
    U-turn minister must be a victim of rape! Stockholm Syndrome!
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    1. Rupendra Rakshit
      Jun 7, 2015 at 10:29 pm
      One can not expect anything better from these third grade people. In fact, support of such criminal minded persons, encourage scoundrels (their supporters) to dare attack women and girls, knowing that these leaders will protect them against police judicial actions. Utterly disgusting.
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        sandeep
        Jun 8, 2015 at 9:24 am
        I just can't believe after reading these things. These are the people we (janta) elected such narrow minded. Bt here I m not going to comment on moral values and how these people elected. Bt I want to ask you people (Indian express) is there any way by which persons like me(a commoner) can contribute in eradication such vermins (plz don't tell election or vote) I mean just creating some app or something. Hopefully u understand my point.
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