FM Arun Jaitley calls Nirbhaya's rape a small incident; earns ire from every corner
In an insensitive remark, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who is seen as a very seasoned politician, on Thursday erred when he termed the brutal gangrape and murder of a 23-year-old paramedic student in 2012 as a very small incident that caused loss of millions of dollars to India in tourism.
addressing a conference of state tourism ministers in Delhi, he said,
"A law and order problem, one small incident of rape in Delhi
over is enough to cost us millions of dollars in
terms of lower tourism. So we have a national responsibility
especially when God has blessed us with everything, which a tourist
wants to see. We just have to catalyze that process and make sure
that we take the right steps," as reported by India
Later he clarified that his comment about
Nirbhaya gang rape and murder was misunderstood and misconstrued as
being insensitive. He said, "I regret that some words that I used
was construed as insensitive, that was never my intention. I have
always been very outspoken about issues relating to crime against
women. I am very sensitive to these issues myself."
Jaitley's slip of tongue has already done the damage. He was attacked
from all around by women rights groups, opposition parties and
rights activist Kavita Krishnan in a tweet compared Jaitley with SP's
Mulayam Singh Yadav, who had given some similar sort of insensitive
reaction to Mumbai's Shakti Mill rape case.
mother said that since such incident has not happened to the near and
dear ones of Arun Jaitley so he considers the rape and murder as a
journalist Shiv Aroor quoted Nirbhaya's mother on Twitter.
this comment by Jaitley, anger busted among the common twitterites
and many people started berating the senior minister for his comment.