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UP rape: Top SP leaders' bizarre remarks

New Delhi: Amid all-round attack on Akhilesh Yadav government over rape incidents, SP leaders gave weird arguments, saying sometimes when relationship between girls and boys come out in open, it is "termed as rape"."In many
PTI June 05, 2014 11:44 IST
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New Delhi: Amid all-round attack on Akhilesh Yadav government over rape incidents, SP leaders gave weird arguments, saying sometimes when relationship between girls and boys come out in open, it is "termed as rape".

"In many places, when the relationship between girls and boys come out in open, it is termed as rape. In many places, girls and boys are ready (to marry) but honour killings take place. The most saddening and serious thing is that such incidents are not stopping. These incidents happen in other places also but are not highlighted," senior SP leader Ramgopal Yadav said.

SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav said his party's government in the state was "not insensitive" and was taking action against the culprits.

"What to do. We are sensitive. We are not insensitive. Strict action is being taken against culprits. You do your work and let us do our work," he said, when asked to comment on rising cases of rape in the state where his son is the chief minister.

Mulayam had last month raked up a huge controversy on rape cases when he had publicly said, "Ladke, ladke hain, galti ho jati hai (Boys are boys, they make such mistakes). That doesn't mean that you award them capital punishment."