Being Raped Before Marriage Is A Hangable Offense, Says Politician

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“In full national election season, a top Indian politician sparked global outrage by arguing that women who have sex before marriage should be hanged.

Abu Azmi, of India’s Socialist Party, told a reporter last week that women who had premarital sex should be sentenced to death, even if they were raped. “If rape happens with or without consent, it should be punished as prescribed in Islam,” Azmi said, according to the Mid-Day website. “The solution is this: Any woman, whether married or unmarried, who goes along with a man, with or without her consent, should be hanged. Both should be hanged. It shouldn’t be allowed even if a woman goes by consent.”

Azmi made the remarks in response to comments by his party chief, Mulayam Singh Yadav, who had argued during an election rally on Thursday that the death penalty for rape is unfair as “boys make mistakes.””* The Young Turks hosts Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian break it down.

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