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'Boys make mistakes.' 'Chowmein is responsible for rapes.': 12 most outrageous statements you've heard from Indian politicians

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Last Updated: September 21, 2014, 09:11 IST

'Boys make mistakes.' 'Chowmein is responsible for rapes.': 12 most outrageous statements you've heard from Indian politicians

Whenever there's a matter of national concern, expect a politician to come up with the most bizarre statements ever.

The Indian politicians have always suffered from the foot-in-mouth disease. Whenever there is a matter of national concern, expect a politician to come up with the most bizarre statements ever. From blaming chow mien as the main reason behind rapes in India to lowering the marriageable age for girls to prevent rape, we've heard it all from the people in power.

Recently, the minister for Water Resources in India, Uma Bharti made a statement about atheists defecating in Kedarnath being the main reason behind the floods of 2013. A Rajya Sabha MP was also heard saying mobile phones should not be given to girls, in a statement that completely exposed how we hope to promote gender equality in the country.

Do you remember these outrageous quotes from the politicians?

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In a public rally in Barabanki, Mulayam Singh Yadav commented, “Only women from the affluent classes can get ahead in life, but remember, you rural women will never get a chance because you are not that attractive.”






“To my understanding, consumption of fast food contributes to such incidents (rape). Chowmein leads to hormonal imbalance evoking an urge to indulge in such acts.” – How rapes can be prevented, suggested Haryana khap panchayat leader Jitender Chhatar






“If we send industrialists to jail, we would be discouraging investment.” – Salman Khurshid justifying the government’s inaction in the 2G scam






“I am with the khaps on this issue. This will protect women.” – Former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala’s quick-fix solution for rapes. A Haryana khap panchayat had said the marriageable age for girls should be lowered to prevent the rising number of rapes in Haryana.






Congress minister Sriprakash Jaiswal equated India’s T20 win against Pakistan with that of a wife: “As time passes, the joy of the victory fades, just like a wife becomes old and loses her charm.”






“Don’t give mobile phones to children, especially girls. I say this at all the places where I make my speeches. And if any of these kids have a mobile, take them away. What are they missing anyway? What are the girls missing without mobile?” – Rajya Sabha MP Rajpal Singh Saini.






“One should not be adventurous being a woman.” – Former chief minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit






“Terror attacks in Mumbai have grown due to increase in the population of the north Indians in the city.” – Raj Thackeray on how ‘outsiders’ are the reasons behind every problem in Mumbai.






Son of President Pranab Mukherjee described women protesters in Delhi as “dented and painted” after they demanded justice in the infamous Nirbhaya rape case.






According to RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat, westernization led to the increase in rape number in our country. “Such crimes hardly take place in Bharat, but they frequently occur in India.”






“Boys and girls love each other, later they have differences, and the girl goes and gives a statement that she has been raped. And then the poor fellows are sentenced to death. Should rape cases lead to hanging? Boys are boys, they make mistakes.” – Mulayam Singh Yadav, Samajwadi Party leader






“As time passed, atheists came here, mainly for business purposes. This resulted in nature’s fury at Kedarnath in 2013,” said Uma Bharti. The ‘human excretion’ from these atheists caused the flood. She said that excretion was prohibited in the natural boundary of the ancient temple.



first published:September 21, 2014, 09:11 IST
last updated:September 21, 2014, 09:11 IST