Writer Chetan Bhagat in controversy for tweet on 'rape' and 'rupee'

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New Delhi, Aug 29: Known for his way with words, best-selling novelist Chetan Bhagat on Wednesday drew flak for his comment on the Indian economy on Twitter.

Bhagat tweeted: "The rupee is asking, is there no punishment for my rapists."  after the rupee touched a new low. The comment drew a barrage of angry reactions from many Twitter users who slammed his comment.

Chetan Bhagat draws flak for tweet
Netizens said that his 'rape' comment was stupid, specially at a time when the country was still under shock over the recent gangrape of a photojournalist in Mumbai. Some even said that using the term rape even in the most casual manner is completely wrong.

Bhagat soon deleted the controversial comment and called it 'harmless' saying that he referred to rape as a metaphor but went on to defend it with his nest tweet : "People are flipping out on using the word rape as a metaphor. Murder is ok.. Oh wait chance to attack someone , why miss?"

By evening his comment drew so much of attention, that he was on one of the top 'trends' on the site.

Bhagat is very popular among the middle class fraternity in the country with his writing. However this is not the first time that he is in the midst of a controversy. Earlier too his comments on south Indian women was criticised and he has even locked horns with the makers of the film '3 idiots' who, he claims, refused to give him due credit for the film's story.

Some of his tweets that followed after the controversial tweet are below:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote"><p>I deleted the harmless tweet because my haters were cutting it up and reposting it out of context with implied meanings.Forgot they lurk.</p>— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) <a href="https://twitter.com/chetan_bhagat/statuses/372624835102273536">August 28, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote"><p>Really. I am trending now? Surely reforming me must be the most pressing issue. Economies crash everyday.</p>— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) <a href="https://twitter.com/chetan_bhagat/statuses/372648798256119808">August 28, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

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