Can dominance of men in the state be cited as the reason for its top position in rape crime? The answer is “yes”, according to Rajasthan’s Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal.

The minister has stirred a hornet’s nest with his contro versial statement, which he made to “explain the reason” for Rajasthan being number one in rape crime.

Advertisements

Dhariwal said: “We are number one in rape cases, what are reasons of these rape cases now? Somewhere there is a mistake.” “Anyway, Rajasthan has been a men’s state, now what to do with it,” he added. His remark made many ministers and Congress MLAs laugh. No one even interrupted Dhariwal, who was replying to a debate on the demands for grants of police and jails in the Assembly on Wednesday night.

Dhariwal said: “Look at the cases of rape, the figures of rape and rape with murder are different. Rajasthan is at number 11 in rape with murder. Uttar Pradesh is at number one in rape with murder. Madhya Pradesh is on two, Assam on three, Maharashtra at number four, Orissa at number five….”

Advertisements