He stressed that women’s security is the top most priority of his government.

Expressing dismay over the media reports, Patil said, “I was misquoted by the media. Security of women is our foremost priority and we are working on all possible measures to achieve it.”

Addressing the Maharashtra Assembly on Wednesday, Patil said that such incidences of sexual crimes against women will not stop even if one policeman is provided at every house in the state.

He further said that it is the 'decline of moral values' that should be blamed for the increasing incidents of rape in the country.

Patil's statement in the Maharashtra Assembly has received criticism from all quarters including women activists.

This is not the first case when a political leader has shocked the nation with such a callous remark.

Chhattisgarh Home Minister Ram Sevak Paikra had last week invited criticism with his remark that sexual assaults are not ‘deliberate’.

Giving a bizarre interpretation of a rapist's act, Paikra said, “No one commits rape deliberately. It is committed by deceit.”

Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Babulal Gaur had stirred a controversy earlier after he described rape as a social crime which was ‘sometimes right, sometimes wrong’.

Samajwadi Party leader Ramgopal Yadav had earlier given weird arguments on the rising cases of rape in Uttar Pradesh. He had said that these cases are ‘termed as rape’ only when the relationship between girls and boys come out in open.

"In many places, when the relationship between girls and boys come out in open, it is termed as rape. In many places, girls and boys are ready (to marry) but honour killings take place. The most saddening and serious thing is that such incidents are not stopping. These incidents happen in other places also but are not highlighted," Yadav said.


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