Bengaluru/Jaipur : The women activists on Wednesday condemned Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s remark that ‘gang-rape is impractical’ and said that this was an attempt by him to tone down the number of similar cases being reported from Uttar Pradesh.
“Every now and then, we come across these incidents. He (Mulayam Singh) does not know how to escape from it. This is one of the waste parts that he wants to say,” said women activist Pramila Nesargi. She insisted that unless a gang-rape takes place, no women in the world would come out with a story that such an incident took place with her.
Another women activist Kavita Srivastava said the Samajwadi Party chief, who is the leader of the male dominant and patriarchal society and culture, always thinks that women are liars. “He is assuming that sexual violence against women doesn’t take place and they (women) are always lying. He thinks that rapes can take place but gang-rapes are impractical,” Srivastava told ANI in Jaipur.
“I want to advise Mulayam Singh to have an honest conversation with the female members of his family to understand the plight of women. The problem is that he is far away from the point of view of women and from her experiences,” she added. The Samajwadi Party supremo had yesterday claimed that when it comes to the number of rape incidents taking place across in the country, Uttar Pradesh features at the bottom of the list.
Mulayam, who was speaking at a program to distribute free e-rickshaws under a state government scheme in Lucknow, further said that while one person commits a rape, four are named in the complaint, though rape by four persons is “practically” not possible. The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister had earlier in April this year stirred a controversy with his remark that boys commit mistakes and they should not be hanged for it. “Boys make mistakes. They should not hang for this. We will revoke the anti-rape laws,” he said at a public meeting in Moradabad.