"Jab tak mahila tirchi najar se nahi dekhegi, tab tak purush use nahi chedega" (No man will harass a woman till she looks at him in a suggestive manner)," Satyadev Katara, a former minister, said at a Congress rally in Bhind district.
The rally was organised earlier this week by the Congress in Bhind as part of the party s campaign to regain power in the year-end assembly polls.
Efforts to contact Katare on the issue proved futile. BJP Spokesman and MLA Vishwas Sarang said the statement is highly derogatory towards women despite the fact that the President of the Congress Party is a woman.
"It reflects the mentality of Congress leaders and specially in the aftermath of incidents of rape in Delhi," Sarang said.