What if it happens to you, Bihar lawmaker asks girl about friend's rape-murder
Mr Paswan was visiting a girl's hostel in Vaishali after a Class 10 student was found dead on Sunday with her clothes in blood
A Bihar MLA is seen on camera asking the friend of a murdered student: "How can you tell she was raped... Where was blood coming from?" Lalan Paswan also implies during his "interrogation" that the killer could be familiar to some girls.
He is a lawmaker of BJP ally Rashtriya Lok Samata Party, formed Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha.
Mr Paswan was visiting a girl's hostel in Vaishali after a Class 10 student was found dead on Sunday with her clothes in blood. To corroborate whether rape was involved he decided to investigate the case himself.
"You are educated, you should answer clearly," he is seen saying to a girl who wriggles uncomfortably at his questions, standing in a small crowd of students and teachers.
Paswan, not satisfied with the answers, pokes the teen: "If you don't tell us clearly, what will you do tomorrow if it (rape) happens to you? If the rapist comes to your room, what will happen then?"
Later he turns to a teacher and says that "anyone, even you" could have helped the suspect access the hostel.
Paswan also brags that he could make even Chief Minister Nitish Kumar sweat amid the third-degree interrogation.
The lawmaker defended himself saying maybe his methods were wrong, but his intentions were pure.
The MLA's appalling comments come after days when Karnataka Home Minister G Parameswara outrageously justified the alleged mass molestation of women on New Year's eve in Bengaluru saying "Such things happen."
The minister since clarified his stance saying he was quoted out of context.
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