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Mulayam's daughter-in-law backs death penalty for rape

Earlier, Mulayam had invited the ire of political opponents when he opposed capital punishment for rape.

Anushree Singh | News18

Updated:April 17, 2014, 5:00 PM IST
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Mulayam's daughter-in-law backs death penalty for rape
Earlier, Mulayam had invited the ire of political opponents when he opposed capital punishment for rape.

New Delhi: Unlike Mulayam Singh Yadav who feels capital punishment is debatable, his daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav is strictly of the view that rapists should be hanged to death.

While talking to News18 on Thursday, she said, "Netaji is right in saying that death penalty is being debated around the world. But, as a woman, my personal view is that if the accused has been found guilty of rape, he should be hanged."

Earlier, Mulayam had invited the ire of political opponents when he opposed capital punishment for rape, saying "ladke, ladke hain... galti ho jati hai (boys will be boys... they commit mistakes)."

His remarks came during a rally he was addressing in Moradabad on April 11. Following massive uproar, even the Election Commission took cognizance of the matter and sought a detailed report from poll authorities over his controversial remarks.

Meanwhile, calling her father-in-law a pro-women leader, Aparna claimed that his choice of words were inappropriate but, his comments should have been taken in the right context by the media.

"As rape is a sensitive issue, his choice of words were probably wrong, but if one reads his comments in entirety, the meaning is very clear," she said, claiming that he meant rapists should be punished, but at times innocent people are also implicated in rape cases which shouldn't happen.

"He encouraged Dimple and me to enter politics. He is pro-women. Netaji even appointed a DIG level officer and an entire team for redressing grievances of women in UP. I think his comments were misinterpreted," she said.

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