'Vulgar' ads and dress cause for rapes: UP cops

'Vulgar' ads and dress cause for rapes: UP cops

The Uttar Pradesh Police have come out with a bizarre explanation for the rising incidents of rape in the state.

The police feel that “obscene ads” on TV, western influence and “vulgar dress” were among the reasons behind rapes in the state while terming rape a “social problem” and suggesting that it be dealt with accordingly.

The reasons behind rapes in the state were given by the police in response to a query by a resident of UP’s Meerut town, about 500 km from here, under the Right to Information Act (RTI). Shocked with the reply, RTI activist Lokesh Khurana has decided to file a public interest litigation in the court.

Khurana had filed an RTI with the police seeking to know the reasons behind rising incidents of rape in the state. He had also sought the details of rape incidents occurring under different police stations in the state. 

“Different police stations advanced different reasons for rape incidents. Some said that they were because of obscene ads on TV and others said western influence was responsible for the incidents,” Khurana said.

State police chief K L Banerjee had said fake rape cases had taken the crime graph up. “Many allegations of rape turned out to be fake after investigation....but as all such cases are registered, the crime graph goes upward,” Banerjee had said. He also shocked everyone, when he said that no one commits rape twice.

The police now join the list of the ruling Samajwadi Party leaders and ministers, who had been making bizarre comments on rapes. 

“Women think that they will get Rs 20,000-25,000 as compensation if they turn rape victims.but it is not good for them,” UP Minister for Backward Class Welfare Ambika Chaudhary had said while speaking at a function here a few days back. 

Another minister Ram Gobind Chaudhary had also said that the government could not prevent rapes. “The rapists are from the public and so the people will themselves have to check such cases,” he said.

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