EC seeks CD of Mulayam's rape remark
The Election Commission (EC) on Friday asked for the CD of Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav speech where he said rapes are mere 'mistakes' by 'boys'.
"The EC wants the CD of Mulayam Singh Yadav's speech in Moradabad. We will examine the contents of the speech and then decide on taking action against him," Uttar Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer Umesh Sinha told media.
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday played safe on his father Mulayam Singh Yadav's remarks on rape.
"I will not comment on that as I don't know the perspective in which he made the remarks," said Akhilesh.
"Also, in today's time TV channels have a hand in projecting things in their own way," he said.
Akhilesh further said: "Samajwadi Party always wants stringent action on all the sensitive matters."
Mulayam on Thursday shocked everyone when in a poll rally here referring to the Mumbai Shakti Mills gangrape verdict of death sentence to rapists he said the boys made mistake but the punishment should not be hanging.
"Boys make mistake," said Mulayam and even said that the girl complained of rape because she had differences with the boys.
Mulayam was speaking against the new stringent anti-rape laws under when the Mumbai gang rape convicts were tried. He said the boys should not be hanged.
A Mumbai court last week sentenced to death three men accused of raping a photo journalist inside an abandoned mill in Mumbai last year August as they were found repeat offenders and were charged under the amended stringent anti-rape laws under.
This is the first such verdict in India in which rapists were sentenced to death for a repeat offence.
(Posted on 11-04-2014)