This is not the first time that the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister has made shocking comments on rape. While opposing capital punishment for rape last year, he had sparked outrage by saying 'ladke, ladke hain...galti ho jati hai (boys will be boys...they commit mistakes)'.

Speaking on the law and order situation in the state at a function here, Yadav had stated considering UP's population, the crime rate is 'very low'. The SP supremo said that there were instances where only one person committed rape but the victim named four people merely to 'settle scores'.

"Innocent persons must not be implicated and harassed. There are cases, where a victim has accused four brothers of raping her. It is not practical," he added. To stress his point, Yadav cited the alleged rape and murder case of two cousin sisters in Badaun stating that it was 'blown out of proportion'.

"The CBI probed the case and found out that rape was not committed at all. They were cold-blooded murders by the victim's cousins for property," SP supremo cited.

"But even senior leaders like Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son Rahul rushed to Badaun and attacked the state government on the law and order front," he said.

Yadav's comments triggered a row with the BJP saying that the remarks were an 'insult' to the fair sex and raise questions over the decisions given by courts in gang rape cases.

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