Indian lawmaker announces Rs100,000 reward for killing rapists

Last year, Yadav kicked up another controversy when he asked Maoist militants to kill ‘corrupt’ leaders, instead of security forces.

Patna: A senior Indian parliamentarian has announced a cash reward of Rs100,000 (Dh5,515) to anyone who shoots rapists dead, amid a spate of rape cases that have caused outrage in the country.

The lawmaker, Rajesh Ranjan, alias Pappu Yadav, represents Bihar’s Madhepura seat in the Lok Sabha.

“Rapists must be dealt with in the same way the government issues shoot-at-sight orders against terrorists and extremists,” Yadav told journalists on Wednesday evening. “They must be killed on being sighted.”

Promising a cash reward of Rs100,000 to anyone who kills a rapist, he said rape cases were plaguing society as there was no fear of the law left among would-be rapists.

Yadav’s announcement against rapists comes after a minor girl was publicly molested, undressed and subjected to a gang-rape attempt by a group of youths in Bihar’s Jehanabad district at the weekend, causing widespread outrage.

Acting promptly, police have arrested 11 persons, seven of them minors, in connection with the incident.

Incidents of rape have become a matter of serious concern in Bihar.

According to data compiled by the state police, a total of 74 incidents of rape took place in January this year alone.

Last year, a total of 1,198 incidents of rapes were reported, followed by 1,008 cases of rapes in 2016; 1,041 in 2015; 1,127 in 2014; 1,128 in 2013; 927 in 2012, 934 in 2011 and 795 in 2010.

The data shows a sharp increase in recent years.

Yadav is infamous for making controversial remarks. In September last year, he stirred up a controversy by announcing a reward for anyone who assaulted officials seeking bribes from flood victims in lieu of providing them relief. He announced a reward of Rs20,000 to anyone who would beat up corrupt government officials and make a video of their bribe demand.

Earlier, the parliamentarian kicked up another controversy when he asked Maoists to kill “corrupt” leaders, instead of security forces.

“Maoists shouldn’t kill the forces deployed in the security of the country. This will weaken the nation. Instead, they should kill the leaders who are robbing the nation,” Yadav had said after meeting the victims of Sukma massacre in Chhattisgarh in May last year. At least, 25 security forces were killed when the rebels resorted to firing in Sukma last month — the worst ambush in past seven years.

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