New Delhi: Facing criticism for checking growing violence cases against women in the wake of horrific gang-rape of a five-year-old in the national capital, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Monday landed himself in yet another controversy with his ‘rape remarks’ in Lok Sabha.

While trying to diffuse the raging protests, Shinde said that such incidents (rape) are taking place not just in Delhi but elsewhere in the country too. Making a suo motu statement in the Lok Sabha, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde gave details of the incident in Gandhi Nagar area of East Delhi on April 15 and the investigations conducted so far.

Amidst strong protests over the rape and brutality meted out to a five-year-old girl in the national capital, Shinde said an inquiry has been ordered into the lapses on part of police to investigate her disappearance and attempt to hush up the matter.

The Home Minister was earlier caught in an embarrassing gaffe when he named the three minor girls who were raped and murdered in Maharashtra's Bhandara district, attracting the ire of the BJP and women activists. Also during the December 16 gang-rape protests, Shinde had  insisted that he was not obligated to walk up to protesters at India Gate, be it political activists or the Maoists.


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