Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan insisted on Saturday that mobile phones were to be blamed for incidents like the rape of a two-year-old baby girl.
“We need to realise to the truth behind the rape of a two-and-a-half-year old. The truth is the mobile phone and the things we get to see inside it without paying,” Khan, one of the most powerful ministers in Uttar Pradesh’s Sanajwadi Party government, told ANI.
“In rural areas, those who are 15 or 14 years old have access to mobile phones. I even know the films on these phones have objectionable material featuring children of age two,” he added.
Khan further said, “How are we dealing with the mobile phone? How are we punishing it? These films are ruining the entire young generation and those who have not even come of age.”
Former Indian-occupied Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah mocked his comments on Twitter, saying “Of course because rape and depravity didn’t exist before the arrival of smart phones!!!!”
A two-year-old girl was kidnapped from a crowded Ramlila show and raped allegedly by two teenagers who lived near her house. The child was found unconscious and bleeding, with bite marks all over her body and severe damage to her genital region. Two boys, both around 17, were arrested earlier this week on the basis of CCTV footage.
Azam Khan’s party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav had provoked anger in August with his comment that gang-rapes were not possible. ”Often if one person commits rape, four people are named in the complaint. Four people are named for rape, can it be possible? It is not practical. They probably say one was watching…another was there… If there are four brothers, then all four are named,” Yadav had said.