2012 Delhi fatal gang rape

World Gone Bad: 74-Year-Old Politician Says Fatal Gang Rape Was Just a “Mistake”

During a rally in the state of Uttar Pradesh on Thursday, Mulayam Singh Yadav said his Samajwadi Party would try to change the law on punishments for rapists after India’s ongoing elections as he spoke out in defence of three men who have been sentenced to death for repeat sexual assaults.

“Three poor fellows have been sentenced to death. Should rape cases lead to hanging?” said the 74-year-old Yadav, whose party governs the electorally crucial state of Uttar Pradesh.

Yes. Rape should also not have to be fatal to be prosecuted or result in a strong penalty. If you treated someone’s house or pet like these gang rapists treated their victim, you’d be happy to get a few decades of prison time.

They are boys, they make mistakes,” he added in reference to the three who were sentenced to death by a court in Mumbai last week after they were convicted of taking part in two gang-rapes at the same place.

Rape is not a “mistake.” A person cannot be “accidentally” raped. No one can be or is an “accidental” gang rapist. Rape is an intentional crime of violation and humiliation and is a purposeful, terroristic proclamation to that specific woman and all women that at any time they can be, if they step out of “line,” degraded personally, politically, legally, morally.

Yadav’s remarks sparked a backlash on social media where #backingrapists and ‘Mulayam Singh’ were top trending topics on Twitter.

Good. But then he digs his disgusting hole deeper:

That anger was fuelled by rambling comments from the party’s leader in the state of Maharashtra who appeared to call for rape victims to be hanged along with their attackers on the grounds that they had extra-marital sex.

World. Gone. Bad.

Indian party leader expresses sympathy for three men who gang-raped student to death. The Raw Story, 4/11/2014.

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