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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.

While addressing a conference of state tourism ministers in Delhi, he said, "A law and order problem, one small incident of rape in Delhi advertised world 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 Today.

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."

However, Jaitley's slip of tongue has already done the damage. He was attacked from all around by women rights groups, opposition parties and commoners.

Women 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.

Nirbhaya's 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 small thing.

Senior journalist Shiv Aroor quoted Nirbhaya's mother on Twitter.

After this comment by Jaitley, anger busted among the common twitterites and many people started berating the senior minister for his comment.

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