Brinda Karat takes exception Haryana Congress member's remark on consensual sex

Last Updated: Fri, Oct 12, 2012 07:19 hrs
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New Delhi: Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Brinda Karat on Friday took exception to the remark made by the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) member Dharamvir Goyat that 90 percent alleged rapes are consensual, saying this reflects the utter hypocrisy of the government led by the ruling party at the Centre.

Karat said that the Congress-led Haryana Government is a government which had a 'most retrograde mindset'.

"This reflects the utter hypocrisy of the Congress Party and its government. On one hand, the Congress President goes to express her solidarity with the victim's family; and on the hand, the leaders of her party make outrageous statements one after another," said Karat.

"This clearly shows that the Congress Party and the Congress Government is trying to defend the indefensible by putting out the most bizarre statements, which insult women. Every time they open their mouth it is to insult women. They say political conspiracy, they say it's all consensual, they say women should get married," she added.

Karat further informed that all women's organisations would together hold a protest demonstration in Rohtak on October 15 in the backdrop of rise in atrocities against the feminine gender in Haryana.

"On the 15th (October 15), all women organisations are coming together to have a big protest demonstration in Rohtak. I believe that this is an issue, which is a national issue and it is not an issue, which concerns Haryana. But it is this retrograde mindset of the ruling party and the government," said Karat.

"Look at the narrow caste-based vote bank politics in which they do not want to condemn a statement of the Khap Panchayat. And in fact, both the ruling party and the opposition leaders have supported the outrageous suggestion that girls should be married earlier," she added.

Hisar Congress Spokesperson Goyat shockingly choosing to blame the victims.

"I want to tell you that 90 percent of the girls willingly go and then they meet people with criminal designs and the girl is not even aware that there are five -seven other men waiting for her. So, 90 percent of these girls go willingly and then they encounter criminals. That's all I want to say."

Goyat's comment has come as a huge embarrassment for the Congress Party, as it comes just days after Sonia Gandhi's Jind visit where she met the family of a rape victim and clearly stated that such heinous acts will not be tolerated,

Congress President Sonia Gandhi visited the home of a Dalit rape victim in Jind, Haryana, on Tuesday and promised stringent action against those guilty.

Gandhi had e also rejected the Khap Panchayat's suggestion.

"The country has a democratic system and an independent judiciary and the law is in the hands of judiciary and nobody else," she told mediapersons in Haryana's Jind District yesterday, where she met the family of a Dalit teenaged girl, who immolated herself after being allegedly gang-raped on Saturday.

The Congress Government in Haryana-led by Bhupinder Singh Hooda has drawn flak from all quarters for its alleged failure to prevent incidents of crime against Dalits and women.

19 cases of sexual assault have been reported in various parts of Haryana during the past one-month on women that include many teenaged girls.

The latest being the rape of a six-year-old girl by three men in Haryana's posh Gurgaon, a Delhi suburb, on Thursday. The child was allegedly lured with a chocolate to a secluded place in Gurgaon West and raped. (ANI)

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