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Former SC Judge Markandey Katju, who has been in and out the limelight for controversial reasons because of his statements, has written a post on Facebook condemning the Hathras gang rape. Though he has called for harsh punishment for the culprits, Katju blamed the incident on unemployment and sexual urge.
In his post, he said ‘sexual urge in men should be considered in such cases’. “It is sometimes said that after food, the next requirement is sex. India has a conservative society, and most men get sexually active only through marriage. He added because no girl will marry an unemployed man, and there is a surge in unemployment in the country; men are being deprived of sex”, the former SC judge wrote.
“The population of undivided India before 1947 was about 42 crores. Today India alone has about 135 crore people, which means there has been a fourfold increase in population. But the number of jobs increased is far less than fourfold. In fact, it is believed that in June 2020 alone, 12 crore Indians lost their jobs. Therefore will there not be [an] increase in rapes?” he asked.
According to him, “if we really want to end or reduce rapes we have to create a social and economic system in India in which there is no or little unemployment.” Ignoring that he has indirectly implied that married and employed men do not commit rape, he asserted repeatedly that he is not justifying rapes, rather condemning them.
Outrage on social media
The post was made on Facebook, and its screenshot is being widely shared on other social media platforms. The netizens are outraged over the comment made by someone who held an important post in the Indian Judicial System.
Unbelievable. What an absolute moronic statement. To reiterate that you condemn the act but? Why is there a justification? And women don’t feel this need? Only unemployed men have such “feelings”??? What utter nonsense! https://t.co/DvoNVXt6ps
— Pahadan~ (@Popcorrrrnn) September 30, 2020
Fixed it for you pic.twitter.com/jG1PohNiVs
— rushil (@rushildalal_) September 30, 2020
Your presumption that employment will reduce rapes is plausible yet incomplete.
Actually we need to have a value based education system along with an impermeable legislation that assures the capital/harshest possible punishment for the culprit.
— श्रीनिवास (@shreeniwaz) September 30, 2020
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Markandey Katju, former supreme court judge of india really just said unemployment causes an increase in rape cases in India. Hence indicating it is “bound” to happen.
So you’re telling me a young girl/woman is bound to be raped because of urges of an unemployed man? pic.twitter.com/gAbEEOEPvO
— Apekshaᴮᴱ⁷ (@prodminmeowgi) September 30, 2020
Controversies around Justice Katju
In recent times, former Justice Katju has become the limelight hunter with his controversial statements. He defended Nirav Modi, the bank scam accused, in London court and said he wouldn’t get a fair trial in India. When former Supreme Court CJI Gogoi was nominated for Rajya Sabha, he called him a shameless person and sexual pervert. During the #MeToo movement, he called it a tamasha and said, “#MeToo is just tamasha, will disappear like Anna movement.”