Totaram Yadav, the Uttar Pradesh senior Samajwadi Party leader and UP Processing and Construction Cooperative Federation Ltd. (PACCFED) Chairman, has infuriated the web with what many are calling “Stone Age” ideas on the subject of rape.
According to Yadav, women actually want to be raped. He made this comment to the press on Saturday.
“There is nothing like rape. Rapes happen with mutual consent,” were his exact words. The admission has drawn ire from around the web, including from the New Indian Express, which referred to the remark as “shocking.”
“Girls allow boys to do everything on her, but when it becomes public, she alleges rape,” Yadav complained. In the past, he has also referred to rapists — apparently India has a real problem with this crime in their country — as “boys,” who are “bound to make mistakes.”
While Totaram Yadav may not have a 21st, or even 20th Century, world view on this topic, he’s not alone in saying insensitive things about the crime of rape.
In the United States, the Republican party lost a lot of momentum around 2012 for the comments of Todd Akin.
Akin became infamous by coining the term “legitimate rape” and speculating that a woman has a way of “shutting down” pregnancy if the crime is for real.
At first Akin expressed regret at what he said, but according to this 2014 report from the Inquisitr, he has since become regretful that he was regretful.
“I was the target of a media assassination…. So it really didn’t matter about what I said, or logic, or truth. I had mentioned ‘abortion’ and ‘rape.’ That was enough. It was simply an assassination…. My comment about a woman’s body shutting the pregnancy down was directed to the impact of stress on fertilization. This is something fertility doctors debate and discuss. Doubt me? Google ‘stress and infertility,’ and you will find a library of research on the subject…. By asking the public at large for forgiveness, I was validating the willful misinterpretation of what I had said.”
While Akin’s comments were derided by almost everyone in the news media and from his own party, however, they’re not quite as directly antagonistic towards women as those of Totaram Yadav.
What do you think about people like Akin and Yadav? Do you think their views are dangerous and misogynistic? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Editor’s note: a previous version of this story erroneously referred to Totaram Yadav as “prime minister.” The Inquisitr’s editorial team apologizes for this embarrassing error.
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