Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi. Pics/ PTI/ AFP
Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi. Pics/ PTI/ AFP

Union minister Smriti Irani launched a scathing attack in the Lok Sabha on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi regarding his 'rape in India' remark and also sought apology from the former Congress president.

Smriti Irani said, "This is first time in history that a leader is giving a clarion call that Indian women should be raped. Is this Rahul Gandhi's message to the people of the country?"

She said that Gandhi should be punished adding, "This is the first time in the history of India that a man from Gandhi family has the audacity to insult women and call for their rape."

However, Rahul Gandhi refused to apologize for his remark and stood by his words.

Earlier, hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi said on Saturday that the prevailing situation in the country, according to international media, is such that India has become the rape capital of the world.

"Many questions are being asked abroad on why women and children are not safe in India. In Uttar Pradesh even when a legislator is involved in a rape case, the Prime Minister has not yet spoken a word about it. Today the situation is such that India has become the rape capital of the world," said Gandhi.

The BJP criticized Rahul Gandhi for saying that India is the rape capital of the world. Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari termed Rahul Gandhi as "mentally disturbed", hours after the Congress leader said that India is known as the rape capital of the world.

"Rahul Gandhi can never see or make India a proud country. Time and again, he gives statements that make him look mentally disturbed. He used wrong words for the Prime Minister and he had to apologise in court," Tiwari told ANI.

However, its not just Rahul Gandhi but Prime Minister Narendra Modi has previously called India as 'the rape capital'. Twitter never forgets anything. A user clubbed all Narendra Modi tweets and news wherein he calls Delhi- the rape capital.

(With Input from Agencies)

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