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Elections 2014: Mulayam Singh defends rapists; says can't hang boys for making 'mistake'

In highly controversial remarks, SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav has said there was need to change anti-rape laws as 'boys commit mistakes' for which they should not be hanged

Moradabad (UP): Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday stoked a fresh controversy after saying that rapists should not be handed death penalty as boys make "mistakes".

"Ladke, ladke hain. Galti ho jati hai (Boys are boys. They commit mistakes)," he said.

At an election rally in Moradabad, in Uttar Pradesh, the Mulayam also said that if his party leads the government at the Centre, he would change the law.

Mulayam Singh Yadav
Mulayam Singh Yadav

Citing the recent example of a court sentencing three men found guilty of gang-raping two women in the abandoned Shakti Mills in Mumbai last year, he said there was a need to change the new rape law which provides for death sentence to repeat rape offenders.

"Two or three have been given the death sentence in Mumbai. We will change such laws when we come to power ... we will also ensure punishment of those who report false cases," said the leader whose party is in power in Uttar Pradesh.

"Efforts will be made to change such a law, so that those misusing it are punished. Those filing false reports will also be taken to task," he said.

Yadav said boys and girls fall in love but due to differences they fall apart later on. "When their friendship ends, the girl complains she has been raped," he said, stressing the need for changes in the anti-rape law.

"If boys and girls have difference, and the girl goes and gives a statement that I have been raped, then the poor fellows are punished," he added.

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6 Comments

  • pari-nari11-Apr-2014

    Is there any hope for the women of India when the leaders themselves utter such nonsense? we go 5 steps forward with all the campaigning and punishment and then some moron utters such nonsense which is like coming 10 steps backwards!! SAD!

  • Indian11-Apr-2014

    Ask the boys to rape him then he will know what a costly mistake it is.

  • OneIndia_210-Apr-2014

    Ok Mr Mullayam Singh I assume you don't have sister, daughter etc in your family, in a way good because if a CM can make such irresponsible statements what can people of his state do? no wonder Muzzafarnagar riots were caused by teasing of innocent girl in first place. What if your daughter, sister or anyone close to your family was victim of r@pe? would you still forgive her tormentor ? DEAR UP people the original Indians, do cast your vote against this minister, he and his son have shed respo

  • Jason10-Apr-2014

    For sure it looks like Mr. Mulayam Singh Yadav has no problem in allowing rapist to enter his house. He clearly has no clue of how devastating of an incident is being "raped". Maybe he should be molested in public to get a real feel and than he should talk. This is why a great country like India will never be a global power house.

  • seamen11-Apr-2014

    Secularism Zindabad!!!

  • Vivek11-Apr-2014

    Are you serious.... and this shithead has dreams of becoming a PM? If Mulayam's daughter or sister was rapped would he have made the same comment?

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