Chandigarh: A woman minister in the Bhoopinder Singh Hooda government on Friday made a controversial claim that the rising number of rapes in the state was a "conspiracy" against the state of Haryana.
Social Welfare, Education, and Women and Child Welfare Minister Geeta Bhukkal said: "I believe that the way in which the statistics (on rapes) are being projected for Haryana, it is a conspiracy against the state. Such incidents (rapes) are taking place not only in Haryana but also in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and other states."
"It is a matter of concern for all. We don't want such incidents to happen. It is not a political issue or the responsibility of the government alone. Everyone should be concerned about it," Ms Bhukkal said.
Before the minister, Haryana Congress president Phool Chand Mullana earlier this week had said that rapes could be a "conspiracy" against the Hooda government.
Ms Bhukkal's remarks came even as the state unit of the Congress issued a showcause notice to the party's leader in Hisar, Dharambir Goyat, for his comment that "in 90 percent of the rape cases, the victims go with consent".