Uma Bharti Says She Made Policemen Torture Rapists When She Was CM

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Also, salt and chilly should be rubbed on their skin, especially on their wounds, till they scream and beg for forgiveness.

The former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister today said, that during her tenure as the CM, rapists were tortured and the victims were made to watch their ordeal.

Bharti was CM from 2003 to 2004.

The Indian water minister ordered individuals suspected of rape to be tortured as their accusers watched, hoping to deter future crimes, she revealed Friday. "Their heads should be cut off like Ravana's".

She claimed: "I would tell the cops to hang the rapists upside down and beat them so hard that they would cry out". She said that rapists do not have a scope to improve and hence before handing them over to police they must be taught a lesson. "Our duty is to protect law and order, not to engage in illegal acts like these", he was quoted as saying.

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Defending her remark, she asked a reporter, if he would still vouch for a lesser punishment had his sister been raped?

The gang rape and murder of student on a school bus in Delhi hit the headlines world wide in 2012, and received global condemnation, forcing the issue into the spotlight.

A year ago during clashes between India and Pakistan over an attack on an Indian army base and the killing of soldiers, Bharti, in defence of India's retaliatory surgical strikes against its neighbor, said: "Those who seek evidence about surgical strikes should go to Pakistan".

Of these, 43 and 133 cases respectively remain unsolved.

His reference was to the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), both of which have been known to field people with criminal cases against them.

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