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Jaitley regrets ‘one small rape’ remark
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 22
Finance and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley today expressed regret over his “one small incident of rape” comment, which escalated into a major political row, bringing agitated Congress women workers to the BJP headquarters on the Ashoka Road.

Talking about how an incident like the Nirbhaya gang-rape cost the country millions of dollars, Jaitley had told a conference: “One small incident of rape in Delhi advertised world over is enough to cost us millions of dollars in terms of lower tourism”. His reference to rape as “one small incident” evoked widespread criticism, forcing Jaitley to clarify.

“I regret that the speech was misconstrued in certain sections, but it was not my intention. I had spoken at length as to factors which hurt tourism in India and one of the factors I mentioned was crime against women. I have spoken on how crime can hurt tourism.

“I had strongly emphasised on crime against women in India. I am sensitive to these issues myself and there is no question of trivialising any incident,” he said.

Jaitley may have expressed regrets but parents of the Delhi gang rape victim, activists and political parties remained unimpressed. Notably, even BJP leaders admit it to be a “major faux pas that could have been easily avoided by a leader of his stature”.

Cong calls him insensitive

The Congress today protested Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's description of the horrific 2012 Delhi gang rape as a small incident and said it was in fact a terrible incident which crushed a small hope.

Congress spokesperson Salman Khurshid took on Jaitley for making an "insensitive statement" and said, "It is extremely unfortunate that the Finance Minister should say such a thing. It was an incident that crushed a small hope. It was a horrific crime."

All India Mahila Congress workers also protested against Jaitley by raising slogans outside the BJP headquarters in the capital.





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