`Chowmein behind Haryana rapes`

A khap panchayat in Haryana`s Jind district has blamed consumption of chowmein for the growing incidents of rapes.

Zeenews Bureau

Chandigarh: In a bizarre reason behind the growing incidents of rapes in Haryana, a khap panchayat in the state’s Jind district has blamed consumption of chowmein for the shocking incidents.

Jitender Chhatar, a resident of Jind`s Chhatar village and thua khap panchayat leader, has been quoted by The Times of India as saying: "To my understanding, consumption of fast food contributes to such incidents. Chowmein leads to hormonal imbalance evoking an urge to indulge in such acts.”

"You also know the impact of chowmein, which is a spicy food, on our body. Hence, our elders also advised to consume light and nutritious food," Chhatar added.

Earlier, Sube Singh, a khap leader, called for lowering of age of marriage for girls from 18 years to 16 years as a solution to end the rise in sexual crimes across the state.

He was also backed by former Haryana chief minister, Om Prakash Chautala.

On Monday, former minister and Congress MLA Sampat Singh said that "lack of intellectual growth" was the reason behind rising crime against women.

"People might have prospered but have not become mature enough to understand their responsibilities towards society and in some cases towards their families even. Generally, families hardly monitor the activities of their children, especially the sons, who are later found to be involved in such acts," said Sampat.