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

Paikra’s insensitive statement is expected to be a huge cause of embarrassment to the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) government in the state.

Before Paikra, another BJP leader and Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Babulal Gaur had stirred a controversy 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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