After the Supreme Court slammed him for making controversial statement on Bulandshahr gangrape incident, Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan on Monday asserted that there was nothing wrong with his comments and that he still stands by it.
Emphasizing that he did not intend to hurt sentiments of any individual or political party, Khan said that a minister has to look into all aspects and find the cause behind an incident.
Bulandshahr gangrape: Unmoved by Supreme Court’s notice, Azam Khan stands by his remark
Azam Khan, file photo
“I said it earlier and I will say it today again that it is right of a minister to see what is the cause behind an incident, how my this motive has hurt the sentiments of any political party or any rape victim,” said Khan.
“We want that rape should be penalized the way it has been mentioned in Islam, the guilty should be shamed in such cases. The justice should be given to a rape victim within a week. And if any victim thinks that I have belittled her sentiments, I will say there is no scope of that,” he added.
Earlier in the day, the apex court issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh Government and Azam Khan over a Bulandshahr rape victims’ plea seeking a transfer of the case out of the state.
The court pulled up both the Samajwadi Party-led state government and Azam Khan for their unwarranted comments. The court said that calling an incident of rape a ‘conspiracy’ cannot be called freedom of speech and that it defeats principles of constitutional compassion.