Not just from across the country, Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi is facing opposition at home for making bizarre and shocking statement over punishment to women who were raped.
On microblogging website Twitter, Bollywood actress Ayesha Takia, the daughter-in-law of Azmi, said: if wot im reading about my father in laws statements r true then me and Farhan are deeply embarrassed n ashamed…(Sic)
We surely do nottt share this mindset…its disrespectful to women. if these statements r true then its sad.(Sic)
Farhan Azmi, the son of Azmi and husband of Takia, in the meantime, defended his father but stated that rapists should be hanged.
“Guys as far as I am concerned I have made myself more than clear.hang a rapist a 100 times & give me the duty to do so.I will do it for free.”
Spoke 2 my father about his comments.In my opinion on the topic of RAPE only 1 statement must b given without any explanation-hang da rapist (Sic)
My seniors including my father share the same opinion but when they start explaining themselves, they fall in the trap of the Journalists.
Earlier, Azmi got himself embroiled in a controversy while defending Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, who had on Thursday shocked everyone by defending rapists, saying they should not be hanged for committing a ‘mistake’.
“Ladkon se aisi galtiyan ho jati hain, to iska matlab yeh to nahi ki unhe phaansi de di jaaye (Boys make mistakes, but this doesn’t mean you hang them),” Mulayam had said at a rally in his home state Uttar Pradesh.
On Friday, his party representative in Maharashtra, Abu Azmi, went a step further and said victims in rape cases should also be punished.
Speaking to a leading Mumbai tabloid, Azmi said, “Rape is punishable by hanging in Islam. But here, nothing happens to women, only to men. Even the woman is guilty.”
“In India, if you have sex with a person with consent, it’s fine. But if that same person complains, it’s a problem. Nowadays, we see a lot of such cases. Girls complain when someone touches them, and even when someone doesn’t touch them. It becomes a problem then, and the man’s honour is ruined in this. If rape happens with or without consent, it should be punished as prescribed in Islam,” the SP Maharashtra chief said further.
“If any woman, whether married or unmarried, goes along with a man, with or without her consent, she should be hanged. Both should be hanged. It shouldn’t be allowed even if a woman goes by consent.”