Women cry rape after falling out with partner, says Manohar Lal Khattarhttps://indianexpress.com/article/india/manohar-lal-khattar-rape-remark-controversy-5451629/

Women cry rape after falling out with partner, says Manohar Lal Khattar

In a video released by news agency ANI, the chief minister is heard saying that in most rapes cases, the victim is known to the culprit.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. (Express file photo)
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. (Express file photo)

A fallout between two adults in a relationship can result in a rape case against the male, claimed Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

In a video released by news agency ANI on Saturday, the chief minister is heard saying that in most rapes cases, the victim is known to the accused and the complaint is over an argument.

Sabse badi chinta yeh hai ki yeh ghatnayein jo hain rape aur Chhed chhad ki, 80-90% jankaro ke beech mein hoti hai. Kafi samay ke liye Ikhatte ghumte hain, ek din anban hogai, uss din utha karke FIR karwa dete hain ‘isne mujhe rape kiya’ (The biggest source of worry is that in 80-90 per cent of rape and harassment cases, the victim is often known to the accused. The two of them spend time together. When an argument or fight breaks out between them, the ‘victim’ later accuses her companion of rape),” Khattar said.

 

On Sunday, Khattar defended his remarks saying: “Maine sehmati nahi kaha, maine between known kaha. Ye meri oer se kahi gayi baat nahi hai yeh investigations se aaya fact hai. Isse samajik taur pe deal karna chahiye, isme raajneeti nahi dekhni chahiye (I did not say consent, I said ‘between known’. This is not something I am saying, it is a fact arising out of investigations. This should be dealt with at a social level, it should not be seen as politics.”

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Ridiculing the “anti-women mindset” of the CM, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted, “Haryana CM Khattar ji makes an utterly condemnable remark – Most girls who interact with boys get raped, 80% rapes happen with consent. Blaming women for complete failures to control rapes and gang rapes? Deplorable!”

As reported by The Indian Express earlier, a look at NCRB data from 2016 reveals that the rate of crimes against women in Gurgaon and Faridabad are reflective of a wider trend in Haryana, which recorded 1,187 rape cases under the IPC that year. These included 996 cases of rape and 191 of gangrape. As many as 518 victims were minors. Crimes against women have been on the rise since 2014, with 9,010 cases under the Indian Penal Code and Special and Local Laws (SLL) being registered in 2014; 9,511 in 2015; and 9,839 in 2016.