An Indian politician announced that sometimes rape is “right” just days after two teen girls were gang-raped and hung from a tree in a northern Indian village.
"This is a social crime which depends on men and women. Sometimes it's right, sometimes it's wrong,” said cabinet minister Babulal Gaur (pictured).
Gaur is a member of the ruling Bharatiya Janata party and the minister responsible for law and order in the central state of Madhya Pradesh.
Gaur noted that rape is only a crime if it is reported to the police.
"Until there's a complaint, nothing can happen," he said.
The two victims killed last week, ages 12 and 14, were cousins. The father and uncle of one of the victims approached police to report the crime and said police turned them away.
Since then three men were arrested in connection with the crime and two police officers were charged with attempting to cover it up.
The victims' families called for the hanging of the attackers.
Gaur expressed sympathy for Mulayam Singh Yadav, head of the regional Samajwadi Party, who sparked criticism when he said, "Boys commit mistakes: Will they be hanged for rape?"
Rape is reported every 21 minutes in India and human rights groups say there is a much greater number of assaults that go unreported.