LUCKNOW: Elections fever in India is on and at a time where parties are putting women security at the top of their manifesto points, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday said that it was wrong to give capital punishment to rapists.
We will bring changes in law when we come to power, further said Yadav.
“Ladkon se aisi galtiyan ho jaati hain to iska ye matlab nahin ki phaansi de di jaye (Boys do make such mistakes but that does not mean that they should be sent to the gallows),” he told the gathering.
“Death penalty for rape is unfair, boys make mistakes… will change rape laws when we come to power,” Mulayam Singh said.
Speaking at a rally in Moradabad, Yadav questioned the death sentence given to three men who were convicted of two gang-rapes in Mumbai last week.
“If boys and girls have difference, and the girl goes and gives a statement that I have been raped, then the poor fellows are punished.”
Yadav’s statement comes at a time when people across the country are casting their ballots to choose next government of the country.
Indian women form 49% of the electorate. Safety is among the main issue besides corruption and price rise on the minds of women across the country.
The incident of gang-rape of a paramedic student in a moving bus in Delhi in December 2012 had pushed the Centre as well as Delhi Government to announce a series of measures to enhance security of women.