I feel sad and helpless: Mary Kom on growing rape cases in India

MC Mary Kom. PTI file photo.

Legendary Indian boxer M C Mary Kom, who is also a sitting Rajya Sabha MP, said the alarming increase in the number of rapes in the country has left her feeling "sad and helpless".

After the 2012 Nirbhaya case, the Kathua and Unnao rape cases have shaken the nation, triggering widespread outrage.

An eight-year-old girl was raped and murdered in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir while BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar has been arrested on allegations of raping a minor in Unnao district in Uttar Pradesh, though he has claimed to be innocent.

The Unnao victim's father died in police custody.

"Whatever the government is doing, it will take a correct step. They know better than me. It hurts me, makes me very emotional being a woman (that 8 year-olds are raped). As an Indian I feel sad. I feel helpless," Mary Kom told a TV channel after returning to India from Gold Coast, where she won a historic gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

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