Kiran Bedi's 'small rape' remarks spark controversy

Published: 12th August 2012 10:58 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th August 2012 10:58 PM   |  A+A-

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A controversy broke out on Sunday over activist Kiran Bedi's "small rape" remarks in the context of the media coverage for such crimes.

The remarks were made when the former IPS officer accused media of ignoring corruption allegations against UPA ministers and not giving coverage despite erstwhile Team Anna giving evidence regarding it.

"Thankfully, media does not discuss it(allegations) a single time. Ask yourself. On a small rape case or assault which a low ranking police official commit, how you would discuss it.

"But against 15 ministers, Prashant Bhushan and Arvind Kejriwal had given the evidence but nobody from among you media hold any debate or discussion over the issue.

"Tell me, why you haven't done that? Do you fear them?" she told reporters here on the sidelines of Yoga guru Ramdev's fast.

As her remarks created a controversy, she tweeted that "deliberate wrong news" was being circulated to distract people from knowing what she said.

"I never said rape is small crime. I said when small ranked person commits rape crime he is hung while big ones go scotfree. It was about comparative punishment. Small officer (not small rape) involved in rape is hung while big ones go scotfree!" she said.


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