Rape comment: Congress calls it ‘unacceptable’; BJP, NCW slam Karnataka MLA

The Congress on Friday ‘disapproved’ of the “exchange of highly objectionable and insensitive banter” between senior  chief Okay R Ramesh Kumar and Karnataka Assembly Speaker Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri. During the continuing session on Thursday, Kumar had advised Kageri, “There’s a saying… when rape is inevitable, lie down and enjoy it. That’s exactly the position into which you are.” Kageri laughed in response.

Taking to Twitter, Congress chief Randeep Singh Surjewala said, “Speaker as custodian and senior legislators are expected to be role models & should desist from such unacceptable behaviour.” He added, “Congress Party disapproves the exchange of highly objectionable and insensitive banter between Karnataka Assembly Speaker and Sr. Congress MLA in the House.”

Sharing a clip of the change, National Commission for Women chairperson Rekha Sharma stated, “It is extremely sad and unfortunate that we still have public representatives who are misogynists and have horrible mindset towards women.”

“It’s really disgusting. If they sit in assemblies and speak like this how they must be behaving with women in their lives? (sic)” she added.

Opposition, Congress girls MLAs slam slam Kumar

Union Minister Smriti Irani on Friday raked up the difficulty in Lok Sabha. Without taking the get together’s title she stated, “If you truly believe in the cause of women, first stand here and denounce that legislator who said that if you are raped, as a woman in the country you should enjoy it. Those men who stand in this Well today, go back to your political organisation and first bring to justice such a man, then we will see who speaks for women and children in this country.”

BJP National General Secretary CT Ravi on Twitter requested, “Do Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi agree with this shameless comment? Will they demand his resignation?”

Meanwhile, Congress get together’s Khanapur MLA Anjali Nimbalkar denounced the remarks made by her get together’s MLA. She tweeted, “The House shall apologise to entire womanhood, every mother, sister and daughter of this nation for such an obnoxious and shameless behaviour.” Another Congress MLA Sowmya Reddy stated, “This is just NOT ok. There needs to be an apology. (sic)”

Kumar apologises in Assembly

After his comment triggered outrage, the Ramesh Kumar tendered an apology. “…my intention was never to demean the prestige of this House or behave in an inferior way. I will not defend myself. I tender my sincere apology for my utterance during the proceedings of the house if it has hurt people from any part of the country.”

Speaking within the Assembly, he quoted Confucius’ well-known saying: “To own a mistake, ends up in a single mistake. To deny a mistake amounts to multiple mistakes. People have already given their verdict and accordingly I am begging pardon.”

His apology was accepted by the Speaker, who “appealed to the members, especially women MLAs, not to drag the matter further and make it (a) big (issue).”

In an earlier tweet, Kumar had stated, “It was not my intention to trivialise or joke about ‘rape!’ My sincerest apologies if I have offended you. But the situation in the House has deteriorated so much that I used that analogy! Will choose my words carefully in the future.”

— with PTI inputs

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