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“Won’t Apologise,” Says Rahul Gandhi Over “Rape In India” Remark

Today Rahul Gandhi’s “Rape in India” remark attacking the government at an election rally in Jharkhand exploded in parliament as the ruling BJP, including top ministers like Smriti Irani, tore into the Congress leader. The Lok Sabha adjourned repeatedly amid unrelenting protests and cries of “shame” from the government benches.

For the first time in history, a leader is giving a clarion call that Indian women should be raped. Is this Rahul Gandhi’s message to the people of the country? He should be punished,” said Smriti in Lok Sabha.

Rahul Gandhi, who was not allowed by the Speaker to respond, told reporters outside: “I won’t apologise… Let me clarify what I said. I said the PM keeps talking about Make In India. So when one opens the newspaper one hoped that one would see news about it, but what do we see when we open the papers? We see so many cases of rapes.”

He accused PM Modi and the BJP of trying to divert focus from the protests in the northeast over the Citizenship Act. In parliament, BJP MPs raised slogans against Mr Gandhi as Ms Irani continued her attacks on the Congress MP. “Not all men are rapists. This is an insult to India… Rahul Gandhi is touching 50, and doesn’t realise that such a statement seems like an invitation to rape in India,” said Smriti.

“People who make such remarks have no moral right to be member of this house,”  Rajnath Singh said.

DMK’s Kanimozhi, supported Rahul Gandhi questioning the government over rising crime against women. “We respect the PM’s Make in India initiative. We want economy to grow. But what is happening in the country? That is what Rahul Gandhi intended to say. Unfortunately, Make in India is not happening and women in the country are being raped. This is a concern,” Kanimozhi said.

Taking a swipe at the government led by PM Modi over rising crime against women in the country, Rahul had said, “Narendra Modi had said ‘Make in India’ but nowadays wherever you look, it is ‘Rape in India’. In Uttar Pradesh, Narendra Modi’s MLA raped a woman, then she met with an accident but Narendra Modi did not utter a word.”

As per media source.