Goa rape case: Minister clarifies remark

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Goa rape case: Minister clarifies remark
New Delhi, Dec 16: After receiving severe criticism for his controversial remark on the rape of a Russian girl in Goa, Congress MP Shantaram Naik said that he was misunderstood, according to CNN-IBN report.

“Don't misunderstand me like others. What I'm saying is that investigation in two types of rape should be done in a different angle. For instance when a rape is alleged on a male person who has been moving with a lady quite some times and if there is some tiff or fight between them and then there is an allegation then police machinery should investigate it very cautiously," Naik said.

Blaming the media for giving undue coverage to rape cases, Naik had said on Tuesday, Dec 14 that rape case of a woman who has been going out with strangers till wee hours of the morning should be taken in a different footings.

"An alleged rape of a lady who moves with strangers for days together even beyond middle of the night is to be treated on different footings," he said in the Rajya Sabha.

His statement triggered violent response from opposition, especially women members in the Rajya Sabha.

Brinda Karat (CPI-M), Najma Heptulla, Maya Singh (BJP) and Jaya Bachchan (SP) pleaded to the Deputy Chairman K Rahman Khan to stop Naik from making offensive statements against women.

BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad alleged Naik of justifying rape.

Naik's statement has also drawn criticism from the Russian officials who questioned Goa's ability in solving rape cases.

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