Anti-women netas go home: Ramesh

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 11, 2013 02:51 hrs
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New Delhi: Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Thursday criticised political leaders, who made 'anti-women' remarks, and said they should 'go home'.

"Anti-women netas should go home," Ramesh told NDTV.

He said politicians should 'rectify' their mistakes.

The Union Minister said: "There is urgent need for political reform."

"It is unfortunate that there are patriarchal and obscurantist mindsets," he said.

Ramesh made the comment on a day when a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament (MP) from Chhattisgarh triggered a fresh controversy as he said rape of women was 'understandable' but people committing similar crimes with infants should be 'hanged'.

BJP MP Ramesh Bais told reporters: "The rape of women might be understandable but if someone does this to an infant then he should be hanged."

He made the comment while referring to a rape case that involved minor inmates of a government-run residential school at Kanker district in Chhattisgarh.

Bais said: "The Delhi gangrape incident has rocked everyone and made them think over such crimes. However, the incident of Chhattisgarh is a matter of shame."

The comments came in the wake of a national outcry over the gruesome gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman on a moving bus in Delhi last month as the victim succumbed to her injuries later.

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