Aligarh/Lucknow, June 9: With the murder case of 2.5-year-old Twinkle Sharma gaining political momentum in Uttar Pradesh, State Minister Upendra Tiwari made a controversial statement on Sunday stating that 'rape has its nature'. The Minister was of the opinion that 'Rape of minor is rape, but the rape of a married woman is different'.
Expressing his opinion on rising rape cases in state, Tiwari said to the media, "Dekhiye rape ka nature hota hai, ab jaise agar koi nabalig ladki hai uske sath rape hua hai toh usko to hum rape manenge, lekin kahin-kahin pe ye bhi sunne ko aata hai ko ki vivahit mahila hai, umar 30-35 saal hai, uska alag-alag nature hai. (Rape has its nature. (If a minor is raped then we consider it a case of rape. But, if you come across an incident where a married woman aged 30-35 is raped, then the matter is different)." Twinkle Sharma Murder Case: Uttar Pradesh Police Arrest All 4 Accused, Kin Seek Death Sentence
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#WATCH UP Minister Upendra Tiwari: Dekhiye rape ka nature hota hai, ab jaise agar koi nabalig ladki hai uske sath rape hua hai toh usko to hum rape manenge, lekin kahin-kahin pe ye bhi sunne ko aata hai ko ki vivahit mahila hai, umar 30-35 saal hai....uska alag-alag nature hai pic.twitter.com/Ou1AMPsvGB
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Explaining the reason for his statements, the minister said that there are instances where people are in a relationship and after a few years they allege that they have been raped. Adding more, he said that matter is different from the rape of a minor then.
It is to be known that Reuters Foundation study declared India to be the most unsafe country for women in June 2018, point out India Today. The findings of the study were based on perception polls, rather than actual crime figure. Also, around 6 per cent of Indian women aged 15-49 have experienced sexual violence at least once in their lifetime, says 2015-16 National Family and Health Survey (NFHS).