Mathura: Clarifying his stand after being at the eye of a storm for his controversial remark on rape, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav today said that his words had been "distorted".
Mulayam said that he and SP have always had the highest respect for women. In fact, he said, he had gone to jail a number of times in matters of social rights, including the rights for women. Mulayam said that his words had been distorted.
In the future too, he would stand by "nari ka samman" (or women's honour) and would support stern punishment for anyone who attacks the dignity of women.
Yadav in reference to the Shakti Mills rape cases in Mumbai where death penalty was awarded to three rape accused, had said "boys err at times."
"Death penalty for rape is unfair...will change rape laws when we come to power," Yadav had said attracting huge criticism from all quarters.
Referring to the poverty of the masses, he said the shrinking of cultivable area was posing a problem and shortage of food grains could become a world phenomenon and even countries like the USA and Australia would not be able to export grain.
One way of meeting the problem was to bring under cultivation an estimated 65,000 acres now covered with ravines between Agra and Etawah. He also took a dig at the Planning Commission Report that said people could subsist on Rs 28 a day.
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Updated Date: Apr 16, 2014 20:45:19 IST