Mulayam wants change in rape law, says ‘boys are boys, make mistakes’
Courting controversy again, Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav has called for liberal laws to deal with rape case accused. In a highly controversial remark, Yadav, speaking at a rally at Moradabad on Thursday, said there was a need to change the anti-rape laws as ‘boys commit mistakes’ for which they should not be hanged.
‘Ladke, ladke hain. Galti ho jati hai (Boys are boys. They commit mistakes),’ he said at an election rally in the minority-dominated western UP town. Citing the recent example of a court sentencing three men found guilty of gang-raping two women in the abandoned Shakti Mills in Mumbai last year, he said there was a need to change the new rape law which provides for death sentence to repeat rape offenders.
‘Efforts will be made to change such a law, so that those misusing it are punished,’ he said. Yadav said boys and girls fall in love but due to differences they fall apart later on. ‘When their friendship ends, the girl complains she has been raped,’ he said.