A Rajasthan minister on Wednesday said that hardly anything can be done against these crimes taking place against women inside locked-doors. Speaking about an incident that happened earlier, Rajasthan minister Kalicharan Saraf said, “Can police lock each and every household? It’s easy to say that crime is rising, but what can be done? (Ek ek ghar ke andar taala lagaayegi kya? kehna bada aasaan hai, Apraadh badh rahe hain par isme kya kiya ja sakta hai?)” Saraf said. ” If a jeweller’s servant goes to his house and rapes his daughter, what can police do in such a case, (Jeweller ke ghar uska naukar jaayega, wo bachchi se balaatkaar karlega usme police, sarkar kya karlegi?)” ANI quoted Saraf as saying.
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The minister was replying to question asked about an incident where a four-year-old girl was allegedly raped by one of the helpers working at her father’s establishment. The man is reportedly in the business of cutting gemstones, and the 19-year-old accused works at his facility.
Such insensitive comemnts have come before from legislators in recent times on issue of crimes against women. It may be recalled that a member of the Rajasthan State Commission for Women, Somya Gurjar, had raked up a controvery after she clicked a picture with a rape survivor. Interestingly, the Chairperson of the commission, Suman Sharma, was also in the selfie along with the Gurjar.