I am beginning to get very fed up with the Indian press, constantly misquoting our politicians.
Take one Mr. Bais, an esteemed MP from the BJP (that’s a political party, for my non-Indian readers). Mr. Bais hasn’t yet claimed that he has been misquoted, but I know in my heart of hearts that he must have been. Anyway, you can all judge for yourselves (this report is from the CNN IBN website, by the way):
“In a yet another insensitive comment made by political leaders towards women, Chhattisgarh Bharatiya Janata Party Member of Parliament Ramesh Bais on Wednesday said that rape of grown-up girls and women is understandable but a similar assault on infants is a heinous crime and the culprit deserves capital punishment. Bais made the remark while referring to the rape of minor tribal girls at a government-run residential school in Kanker district.
“The rape of grown-up girls and women might be understandable but if someone does this to an infant, it is a heinous crime and the offenders should be hanged (barabari ya bade logo ke sath balatkar samajh me ata hai, lekin nabalig bachhiyo ke sath is tarah ka jaghanya apradh karma. Inko to fasi par latka dena chahiye)”, he said.”
Now, there is a question I need to ask Mr. Bais.
Since he was talking about the rape of school girls, I suppose (since they are not infants) that their rape is “understandable”?
Just so we know.