Hathras gang rape: Former SC judge Markandey Katju gets slammed for saying 'sex is a natural urge in men'
Hathras gang rape: Former SC judge Markandey Katju gets slammed for saying 'sex is a natural urge in men'

The gang-rape and brutal murder of a 19-year-old woman in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras has left the entire nation in shock and prompted outrage, protests and calls for justice. Amidst the outrage, Indian jurist and the former Supreme Court judge of India Markandey Katju is being panned for his post about the incident.

Condemning the heinous crime, Katju shared a lengthy post about the Hathras gang rape and said that 'sex is a natural urge in men'. While calling for a harsh punishment of the culprits, the former SC judge also spoke about the interrelation between rising unemployment and rapes in a conservative society like India.

His post read: "I condemn the Hathras gang rape, and call for harsh punishment of the culprits.

However, having said that there is one aspect which also needs to be considered.

Sex is a natural urge in men. It is sometimes said that after food, the next requirement is sex.

In a conservative society like India, one can ordinarily have sex only through marriage. But when there is massive and rising unemployment, a large number of young men cannot marry ( as no girl will ordinarily marry an unemployed man ). Consequently a large number of young men remain deprived of sex, even though they have reached an age when it is a normal requirement.

The population of undivided India before 1947 was about 42 crores. Today India alone has about 135 crore people, which means there has been a fourfold increase in population. But the number of jobs increased are far less than fourfold. In fact it is believed that in June 2020 alone 12 crore Indians lost their jobs. Therefore will there not be increase in rapes ?

I once again make it clear that I am not justifying rapes, rather I condemn it. But considering the situation prevailing in the country they are bound to increase.

So if we really want to end or reduce rapes we have to create a social and economic system in India in which there is no or little unemployment.

I reiterate, I condemn the gang rape, and call for harshest punishment of the culprits."

The post didn't sit well with a section of netizens and Markandey Katju got slammed for his 'sick mentality'.

A user commented, "Dear sir,

Yes talk about unemployment separately. Rape isn't something one should easily get away with. They should be punished in a harsh way. By seeing that no one should dare to think about it again.

Yes, we need to create a society where everyone gets equal respect. I agree on that but this isn't the time to emphasis on this. First, those ass*** must be hanged...

Moreover, many educated fellows are also involved in such kind of brutality."

"Well ...I totally disagree with your statement ...Mentality only play role in doing these henious crime...And what gives fuel to this mentality is no fear of law , Casteism and Sick mentality. Education and upbringing plays a important role in reducing these cases but law should be such strict it has be dealt with strict punishments," read another tweet.

Meanwhile a user shared the post on Twitter and tweeted: 'Can a legal action be taken against this? @NCWIndia"

Here are the reactions to his post:

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