Smriti Irani slams opposition for politicising rape


New Delhi, Dec 6 (IANS): Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani on Friday came out heavily on the Opposition in Parliament, accusing them of politicising rape.

Speaking in the Lok Sabha, the Minister said that "people who used rape as political weapon in West Bengal panchayat elections are giving sermons," adding "this is not a political issue. I thought that you should have commented when Adhir Ranjan was speaking."

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, the Congress MP from Berhampore in West Bengal, had, during a debate in the House, had commented on the Unnao rape case, connecting the matter with the BJP's governance in Uttar Pradesh.

He had said: "The Unnao victim has 95 per cent burns, what is going on in the country? On the one hand Lord Ram's temple is being built, while on the other Sita is being set ablaze."

Irani also said politicising rape does not help women in any manner.

"The fact that you shout here today, means you do not want a woman to stand up and talk about issues. You were quiet when in West Bengal panchayat polls, rape was used as a political weapon," she said.

"Nothing can be more unfortunate for the dignity of women than politicising rape. The Hyderabad case was an atrocity on women but making it a political issue will not help." she added.

  

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  • ad, mangaluru

    Fri, Dec 6 2019

    Where is the official statement from Irani, Modi and shah on rapes, more over gang rapes, those happen in India almost on a daily basis?

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  • James, Belman

    Fri, Dec 6 2019

    Encounter all the criminal politicians, the lawyers who fight for bail for the criminals and the police who give security to the criminals. With this or India will be clean

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  • EULALIA DSOUZA, MANGALURU

    Fri, Dec 6 2019

    Dear Smriti Iraniji, did you even make a statement when this rape & murder took place in Hyderabad. Where was any politician from ruling party making a statement and utter a word ? I do not really think so.
    Let the Govt take stringent action against the accused. Then no one will dare speak against you or your Government.

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  • anthony, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 6 2019

    It is because of her party the BJP has been protecting Rapists and the Studded Silence of the Prime Minister on the issue of Rapes across the country that this mennace has reached alarming proportions. Like when she was in the opposition, she should offer her bangles to the PM Modi for allowing this situation to go out of control.

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  • sony, MLore

    Fri, Dec 6 2019

    So You mean,Patota is only option

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  • Sangram Sangam, Kundapur

    Fri, Dec 6 2019

    Rape should be condemned everybody and immediate punishment should be given
    But Some people targeting somebody.

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  • mohan, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 6 2019

    Pl go back and remind what you and your bosses done whilevunna rape and nirbhaya rape happened in 2013..... then talk about opposition...

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  • Anilkumar, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 6 2019

    Her party has been protecting rapists. In fact her party MLAs and MPs are directly involved in rape. Probably she thinks that her party is above law and has such privileges. According to he people should keep quiet and bear such criminals.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 6 2019

    india is economy is doomed. stop talking bla, bla, bla motor mouth & start working.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 6 2019

    in da congress regime in 60 years v have seen hindustan. but now from 2014 v r seeing rapistan. 2day petrol is cheaper dan onions. ache din aagaye haim....

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  • Vishal, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 6 2019

    This woman knows to speak only to support her party. She is the so called Minister for Women and Child Development and when the rape took place, never did she utter a word. Wasn't it incumbent on her to wake up and speak when the gruesome murder took place? All along she was quiet and only now has gotten up.

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  • Deshbhakht, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 6 2019

    You and your boss are good at only talking.

    Unnao victim is fighting life and death - what are you doing about it ??

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  • myna, Mysuru

    Fri, Dec 6 2019

    Yes Smriti Irani "politicising rape doesn't help women in any manner". So does waking up and talking only when a rape occurs equally doesn't help.

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