Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar defends his rape remarks blaming women, says research backs his claims

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Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday defended his controversial remarks blaming women for faking rape cases. He said that his claims had been backed by ‘research.’

Manohar Lal Khattar

The chief minister, known for making controversial comments, often deemed misogynistic, said, “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 didn’t say consent. This is not what I said. Several research works have proven this fact. This issue should be dealt with socially. There should not be politics over this issue.)”

Khattar courted controversy on Saturday when he controversially blamed women for faking rape charges saying that they do so only after fight with boyfriends. Speaking at an event in the state, he had made light of growing incidents of crimes against women under his government.

The video of Khattar poking fun at sexual assaults on women had gone viral on social media platforms. In the video, Khattar was heard saying that there were no truth in reports of the number of rape incidents growing. He said that rapes happened even in the past and ‘they are happening now.’ “Only our concerns for the crime have increased,” said the chief minister.

He then added, “The biggest concern is that 80-90% of the rape and molestation cases take place between those who know each other. In many cases, they roam around together for a long time and one day they have a fight, and the girl files an FIR saying that she has been raped.” His last sentence is greeted by plenty of clapping by from the audience listening to his speech.

Reacting to Khattar’s comments, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “There’s a lot of anger among women over Khattar’s comments. These women are saying that how they can feel safe under his government when the chief minister himself holds such views about women?”

Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala called his statement ‘anti-women’ and asked him to apologise. Surjewala wrote, “Anti-Women’ Mindset of Khattar Govt Exposed! Haryana CM Khattarji makes an utterly condemnable remark- “Most girls who interact with boys,get raped,80% rape happen with consent” Blaming Women for complete failures to control Rapes & Gangrapes?Deplorable! CM should apologise.”

The video of Khattar poking fun at sexual assaults on women has gone viral on social media platforms. In the video, Khattar is heard saying that there were no truth in reports of the number of rape incidents growing. He said that rapes happened even in the past and ‘they are happening now.’ “Only our concerns for the crime have increased,” said the chief minister.

He then added, “The biggest concern is that 80-90% of the rape and molestation cases take place between those who know each other. In many cases, they roam around together for a long time and one day they have a fight, and the girl files an FIR saying that she has been raped.” His last sentence is greeted by plenty of clapping by from the audience listening to his speech.

Khattar is know for making controversial statements on rapes despite Haryana becoming notorious for growing number of crimes against women under his government. In 2016, he had termed the case of double murder and gang-rape of two Muslim sisters ‘small issues.’

In 2014, he had blamed women for their choice of dress for being raped by men. He had even taunted women to roam around naked if they could not dress decently.

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