A day before he demits office, Uttar Pradesh Governor Aziz Qureshi Monday, in a controversial remark, said incidents of rapes could not be stopped even if the entire police force or Army was deployed. He said only a divine intervention can help check such crimes.
“Rape incidents cannot be stopped. Even if the entire police force or Army is deployed then also rapes will not end,” Qureshi told a TV channel.
The Governor said, “The crime may be stopped perhaps if the god takes an incarnation and comes down (to earth)... otherwise crime cannot be controlled”.
The Governor’s statement comes two days after SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav said that even with 21 crore people in Uttar Pradesh, the number of rape cases were the least in the state.
Qureshi’s statement drew immediate criticism of BJP, which demanded an apology from the Governor.
“He is in a constitutional post. A day before leaving office, such statement by the Governor of a state is not as per the dignity of the post. He should apologise to the 21 crore population of this state,” said Laxmikant Bajpai, BJP state president.
Later in the evening, Qureshi sought to clarify his remarks, saying he was quoted out of context.
“For stopping crime against women there is a need to change the mentality of society and stern action need to be taken against culprits,” he told another TV channel. He added that politics should not be played over rape incidents and state government alone should not be condemned.
He, however, questioned the final investigation report of UP Police in the murder of a 35-year-old woman in Mohanlalganj and demanded a “re-investigation”.
On Sunday, the state police had claimed to have cracked the case by arresting a guard and claiming that he had committed the crime “single-handedly”. Qureshi said re-investigation should take in the case as in his “opinion such gruesome crime cannot be committed by a single man”.
Qureshi was given additional charge of UP last month after B L Joshi resigned. Qureshi, who is also Governor of Uttrakhand, is scheduled to leave office Tuesday when Ram Naik will take oath as new Governor.