Bengaluru: After making a statement on the recent gangrape in the city, Home Minister KJ George chose to apologize.
Two men raping a woman is not gang rape, says K J George
“How can you call it a gangrape? A gangrape is when four-five people are involved”, said Home Minister KJ George on Friday, while making an irresponsible statement that two men raping a woman is not gangrape. The statement has stirred a controversy in the state.
George was commenting on the alleged gang rape of a 22-year-old call centre employee by two men at knife point in their moving van, after they offered to ferry her home. He added that the people who indulged such an act must be condemned.
However, expressing disappointment on the statement made by George, National Commission of Women Chairperson Lalita Kumarmangalam said, “The Karnataka Minister is another example of someone who does not understand the issue of violence against women and yet comments on the matter thoughtlessly. Leaders in public life, especially those from political parties should think before talking. We will send him a suo moto, let’s see how he replies.”
It may be recalled that the woman, who hails from Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, was allegedly gang raped on the night of October 3, by the vehicle driver and the cleaner. The victim was taken to a deserted spot before she was dropped off in Madiwala area. The woman was waiting for a bus to return to her PG and boarded the van which stopped by offering her a drop.
The police said that for nearly three hours, the two men drove around deserted places of the Madivala area and raped the woman. The incident has come as a grim reminder of the 2012 gang rape of a paramedical student in Delhi, who later died, triggering a massive outrage across the nation.