Hyderabad: As the outrage over the Delhi gang rape incident continued, the chief of Andhra Pradesh unit of Congress on Monday courted controversy over his remark that women should not "roam" the streets in the night just because India got Independence at midnight.
"Do we roam in streets at midnight as we got Independence at midnight ? It would have been better if the girl did not travel by a private bus at that time," Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee President Botsa Satyanarayana, the APCC President, who is also the state Transport Minister, told reporters here.
However, realising the possible fallout of his remarks, Satyanarayana re-convened a press conference and retracted his words. "As a father myself, I only tried to express my anguish," he clarified.
"What happened was very unfortunate and I strongly condemn it," he said. He also expressed his regret for having hurt the feelings of women and said the government should ensure safety and security of all.


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