Bengaluru: In a yet another insensitive rape remark by a politician, state's former deputy chief minister and leader of opposition in Vidhana Parishad KS Eshwarappa on Friday said that the Karnataka Home Minister and Chief Minister do not consider everyone as their own and would take action over the recent spate of sexual assaults in schools only when 'their daughters get raped'.
“Don't think HM or CM considers everyone as their own. Maybe when their own daughters are raped they might act differently,” Eshwarappa said.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader added, “CM & HM should give importance to women safety.”
Shortly after this insensitive statement of the senior BJP minister, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah hit back and said, “He (Eshwarappa) is an uncultured man,” ANI reported.
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader TKS Elangovan also criticised Eshwarappa's comments and asked not to give importance to such people. “These are all comments out of anger & desperation,we shouldn't give importance to this, he said.
“When no action is taken against culprits & people in power do not care about common man, ppl get angry & desperate,” Elangovan added.
A social activist Abha Singh reacted sharply over Eshwarappa's rape remark and said, “Rape is a serious offence, it should not be politicised by the politicians, I condemn the statement.”
Subsequently, the BJP leader fell into an eye of a storm as he turned personal on rapes as the Congress workers launched a protest outside Eshwarappa's residence.
The remark came at a time when Benguluru is reeling from the spate of sexual assaults in schools.
Last weekend, CM Siddaramaiah had warned managements that permission granted to their schools would be revoked and criminal cases booked against them if they violate guidelines for safety of children.
“Goondas Act would be invoked against the culprits and government had already taken various steps like amending laws, forming expert committees and issuing safety guidelines, to check such incidents from taking place,” Siddaramaiah had said.
A teacher was arrested for the alleged sexual assault of a six-year-old girl in a school here, which according to police officials was found to have violated safety norms.
Bengaluru Police Commissioner had recently issued guidelines listing the steps to be taken by schools, including installing CCTVs, to ensure safety of girl students.
Earlier, an eight-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by her 63-year-old teacher inside her school premises over a period of time. The offence came to light in early August.
A month before, a six-year-old girl was allegedly raped at 'Vibgyor High' school premises here which led to street protests.