After Mulayam, Abu Azmi shocks with his sexist comments

As if Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s defence of the Mumbai rape case convicts was not sufficient to shame the party, his colleague from Mumbai Abu Azmi has said women who have physical relations with men (even consensual) should be given the death penalty. In an interview, Azmi said he even wants the rape victims to be punished.

Invoking Islamic laws, he said that rape was punishable by death in his faith. ‘Rape is punishable by hanging in Islam. But here, nothing happens to women, only to men. Even the woman is guilty,’ he said. He went on to add that in India, if you have sex with a person with consent, it’s fine. ‘But if that same person complains, it’s a problem. Nowadays, we see a lot of such cases. Girls complain when someone touches them, and even when someone doesn’t touch them. It becomes a problem then, and the man’s honour is ruined in this. If rape happens with or without consent, it should be punished as prescribed in Islam.’

Holding an entirely different opinion on rape, Abu Azmi’s son Farhan Azmi (contesting from the Mumbai North Central constituency) disagreed with his father, saying, ‘I believe a rapist should be hanged a hundred times. I have five sisters and everyone in my family believes the same.’
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