According to Samjawadi Party Leader Mulayam Singh Yadav “boys are boys, they make mistakes.” He called on the Indian government to issue a change in anti-rape laws that can consider hanging exempted from the severity of punishments.
Yadav cited in an election rally a case of three men found guilty of gang-rape in the Shakti Mills in Mumbai in 2013. He said that the law could be misused by individuals. He also called for false rape reports to be given punishment.
He cited that relationships between males and females could make use of the law to punish males by accusing them of rape for their own benefit.
India is condemned by many human rights and female rights organisations because of its failure to implement anti-rape laws in its local governments. Annually, around 655,000 rape cases are reported in the country. Some go unreported as victims claim the police officers themselves commit rape upon rape victims.
The 2012 Delhi gang rape case, which had a young woman raped by six men with her sexual organ mutilated, became widely controversial. The failure of the government to implement its laws protecting women had it deal with protests.
It is estimated that a new case of rape is reported every 22 minutes in the country.