Congress chief of largest state hate speech
This is not a rookie politician, this is the Congress party chief in Uttar Pradesh.
Here is a report of what she said,
A leading politician of the governing Congress Party was arrested Thursday and her house set on fire by activists after critics say she suggested that a rival leader be raped so she could better understand the plight of rape victims. Rita Bahuguna Joshi, the party’s chief in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, said her comments about Chief Minister Mayawati — who uses only one name — were taken out of context. Speaking about the increase in rapes in Uttar Pradesh, she cited a few cases in which rape victims were paid $520 in compensation. Ms. Joshi said the women should “throw the money at Mayawati’s face and tell her, ‘You should also be raped, and I will give you 10 million rupees,’ ” about $210,000.
Source : New York Times
The Indian media is working overtime now to twist the issue.
This hate speech is obviously not going the way of that hate speech. The remarkable fact is this hate speech is targeted against a specific individual (Ms Mayawati) – calls to action a more grievous crime (rape is more serious than chop chop hand) – and is targeted against downtrodden castes (specific context of compensating Dalit rape victims). Not to mention that the person making the speech is not a rookie first-time MP aspirant. We are talking about the Uttar Pradesh Congress Party Chief who is a seasoned politician. Each of the above are punishable separately under existing IPC sections. Seems like a really tough one.
Why did I quote from the NYT ? Here is a what the Indian media has to say.
Express Buzz : Maya and Rita inflame passions in UP (see it is Maya’s fault too !)
IBN Live : Maya a woman wronged ? (Intriguing, You tell us the answer)
Outlook : Out of the gutter (Tells us Maya herself as used such language in the past, tells us that just the tone of Rita was wrong – her reasoning may be right)
Times of India : Over 50% crimes against women are from UP (See so Rita’s hate speech is not the issue here. This incredible statistic (based only on reports to NCW) is the key, so there is a “ring of truth” )
Calcutta Telegraph : Rap on Rita, Lawless warning for Maya (Its even – lets move on)
A lot of other Indian media outlets have nothing to say.