Opposition lawmaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar in the southern Indian state of Karnataka had to apologize after he sparked outrage for joking that when “rape is inevitable” it’s better to “lie down and enjoy it.”
Kumar made the sexist remark amid a discussion about chaos in Karnataka’s state assembly by the chamber’s speaker Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri, drawing laughter from some politicians.
Kageri wanted to be serious about Kageri’s inability to communicate. “control” lawmakers amid the debate about farmers’ troubles, and “streamline”The process in the chamber was said to have been forced on him “just let them talk.”
Although some Kumar supporters thought the comment was funny, many others felt insulted. Female lawmakers from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), as well as Kumar’s own Congress Party, decried his comments as “insensitive,”Threatening to organize a demonstration against them.
“When we came to the assembly, we looked up to Ramesh Kumar for his parliamentary acumen. But it looks like he has no respect for women,”Poornima, BJP politician, said. Kumar apologized for the rape joke he made on Friday. “had no intention of insulting women or lowering the prestige of the assembly.”
The legislator’s chamber refused requests from female lawmakers to talk about their concerns after Kumar apologized, arguing that the saga was now closed and there’s no need “to raise the issue and create a controversy.”
Kumar is a former victim of sexist comments. In 2019, he compared himself with a “rape victim” in response to corruption allegations. “I got raped once. But like every rape victim, I am being made to feel like I was raped multiple times,” Kumar said. After receiving a complaint by a member from his party, he apologized.
India has been plagued by rape and sexual assault of women. Tens of thousands of cases are reported each year.