Haryana Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Naveen Jaihind made an appalling statement while condemning the gang-rape of a 19-year-old college student. Jaihind slammed the Haryana government for offering Rs 2 lakh as compensation to the victim's family and said that the state was not doing enough to punish the culprits.
"I offer to pay Rs 20 lakh to BJP politicians if they allow 'kukarm' (rape) on themselves by 10 people. Are they valuing someone's honour at Rs 2 lakh?" Jaihind said.
Jaihind's shocking remark invited backlash from all corners forcing the AAP leader Atishi Marlena to issue a statement.
#WATCH 2 lakh rupay izzat hai kya ek ladki ki? Mukhyamantri sb sharam karo.BJP ka koi neta 10 logon se kukaram karvay, 20 lakh rupay hum denge unko. Izaat ki koi keemat hoti hai kya?: Haryana AAP Chief Naveen Jaihind on #Rewari gangrape victim family returning Govt compensation pic.twitter.com/cfYNGmYd6G— ANI (@ANI) September 18, 2018
"What he highlighted is valid, but yes the way he worded it is wrong," Marlena said.
The victim's family had earlier returned the Rs 2 lakh cheque given by the Khattar government.
The 19-year-old student was gang-raped while she was on her way to a coaching class last week in Haryana's Mahedergarh district. The police have identified the three accused. While the prime accused has been arrested, the two others, including an Army man, are yet to be arrested. The police said raids are on to nab them.