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New Delhi: While the Karnataka Assembly Speaker; Vishweshwar Hedge Kageri struggled to address the farmer issue, senior Karnataka Congress leader, KR Ramesh Kumar made a shocking sexist remark. He can be heard saying, ‘There is a saying. When rape is inevitable, lie back and enjoy it.’ In response to this offensive statement, other leaders can be seen laughing rather than raising objections.
Speaker Kageri Laughing on KR Ramesh Kumar Words
#SHOCKING #Karnataka #MLAs #triviliazes #Rape in #assembly *There is a saying, When rape is inevitable, lie down and enjoy it' says former Speaker and congress MlA #RameshKumar during seeking more time on farmer issues. While current speaker Kageri laughs it off. pic.twitter.com/sWgQGK9jmi— Imran Khan (@KeypadGuerilla) December 16, 2021
Legislators and his female party members can be seen protesting during the whole session. They condemned the statement made by KR Ramesh Kumar. MLA Sowmya Reddy wrote, ‘The House shall apologize to entire womanhood, every mother, sister & daughter of this nation for such an obnoxious & shameless behavior’.
Brinda Adige, a passionate women's rights activist also lashed out at MLA saying, ‘How much more shameful can this kind of a talk be in the Assembly where women voters have sent these fellows, voting and paying our taxes? Don’t they know that rape is the most heinous, brutal, and violent crime against women? Wasn’t the KPCC president supposed to suspend the MLA and not give him a ticket so that he does not stand for election? This is not acceptable in a democracy.’
The video clip of the incident went viral on media platforms. The leader is currently under fire on Twitter for outrageous and callous remark. Here’s what people are commenting on Twitter,
The House shall apologise to entire womanhood, every mother, sister & daughter of this nation for such an obnoxious & shameless behaviour @INCIndia @INCKarnataka @BJP4India @BJP4Karnataka @MahilaCongress @BJPMahilaMorcha pic.twitter.com/wPKbnxJlnp— Dr. Anjali Nimbalkar (@DrAnjaliTai) December 16, 2021
This is just NOT ok. There needs to be an apology https://t.co/Wba0KnpOKZ— Sowmya | ಸೌಮ್ಯ (@Sowmyareddyr) December 16, 2021
"There's a saying, if rape is inevitable, lie down & enjoy it," says Congress MLA #RameshKumar in #KarnatakaAssembly amid peels of laughter by fellow MLAs— Sneha (@snehadipika) December 17, 2021
They should be ashamed of themselves. Shows how we trivialise one of the most heinous crimes by casually dropping rape jokes
Unbelievable!— Nissim Mannathukkaren (@nmannathukkaren) December 17, 2021
Former Speaker and present Congress MLA cracks joke on rape and the current Speaker from the BJP laughs along with him.
These are our lawmakers. https://t.co/c2FxkmLxms
The sensitizing lesson made the leader tweet where he is apologizing to all the women for his brutal words.
I would like to express my sincere apologies to everyone for the indifferent and negligent comment I made in today’s assembly about “Rape!” My intention was not trivialise or make light of the heinous crime, but an off the cuff remark! I will choose my words carefully henceforth!— K. R. Ramesh Kumar (@KRRameshKumar1) December 16, 2021
This is not the first time when a political leader passed such a distasteful and ugly statement about the victims of sexual assaults.
Such a shameful deed!