Someone should remind these politicians that this is the Republic of India NOT the Islamic Republic of India! The politicians are from the Samajwadi Party which came to power on the Muslim vote in the most populous Indian State of Uttar Pradesh.
On Thursday April 10, 2014, Mulayam Singh, the chief of Uttar Pradesh’s ruling Samajwadi Party, said, “Boys and girls… they had differences, and the girl goes and gives a statement that I have been raped. And then the poor fellows, three of them are sentenced to death in Mumbai. Should rape cases lead to hanging? Boys are boys, they make mistakes. We will try and change such laws…we will also ensure punishment for false cases.” LINK (These poor fellows were repeat offenders who dragged women into an abandoned textile mill and beat and raped them).
On Friday April 11, 2014, reported in Midday.com – In a bizarre and grotesque statement, the state Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Abu Azmi said women who were raped should also be punished. LINK
Reporter: Today Mulayam Singh made a statement in UP that the death penalty for rape was unfair, as “boys make mistakes”.
Azmi: It’s the death penalty for rape in Islam. But here, nothing happens to the woman; only the man bears the punishment. But, even the woman is guilty. In India, if you consent to sex, there’s no problem. But if there’s a complaint, then there’s a problem. These days, the number of such cases has increased where girls go and complain whenever they want. If one touches them, they complain, and if no one touches them, they still complain. Then, the problem starts, and the man’s honour, which he has earned throughout his life, is destroyed. Rape with or without consent should be punishable as per Islam.
Reporter: So, do you mean to say that the woman should be punished as well?
Azmi: If a woman is caught, then both she and the boy should be punished. As per Islam, if someone has (sex) with consent, it’s the death penalty even then. In India, there’s death penalty for rape, but when there’s consent, there’s no death penalty. But, this is a question of life and death between consent and no consent. If you agree to be with someone, it’s okay. But the moment something goes wrong, and one gets angry and starts blackmailing, then the other person would be hanged; this is a serious issue.
Reporter: So, what is the solution for this?
Azmi: The solution is that if any girl, whether married or unmarried, goes with a guy with or without her consent, they should be hanged.
Reporter: The girl should be hanged, too?
Azmi: Yes, both should be hanged.