Uma Bharati says supported extra-judicial action by cops against rapists when MP CM
"They should be hung upside down and salt and chilly should be rubbed on their wounds until they scream."
Addressing a large crowd while campaigning in Agra, Union Minister Uma Bharati said that she made rapists "beg for forgiveness" when she was the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh.
"Rapists should be tortured in front of victims until they beg for forgiveness. When I was the CM, I made them do it," she said in Agra.
Speaking in reference to the gang-rape last year of a mother and her teen daughter travelling on the highway in Bulandshahr near Delhi with their family, Uma Bharti said that state's Samajwadi Party government never tried to stop the release on bail of those arrested for the horrific incident.
She further recommended the ways of making rapists beg for their lives in great detail. "They should be hung upside down and salt and chilly should be rubbed on their wounds until they scream. Mothers and sisters should watch so they can get closure," she said.
She said that when she was the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh almost a decade ago, "I would tell the cops to hang the rapists upside down and beat them so hard that they would cry out. I would tell women to watch through windows of the police station," she said.
When a police officer objected, she shared, "I told him people who behave like 'danav' (demons) cannot have Manavadhikar (human rights). Their heads should be cut off like Ravana's."
Uma Bharati, 57, Water Resources Minister in the central government, is known for her unwarranted pronouncements. Recently, she commented that those who doubted the Army's surgical strikes across the Line of Control in September should go to Pakistan.
"Those leaders who say that if Pakistan is demanding evidence of the surgical strike, they should be given the evidence, such people should take citizenship of Pakistan," she said.