Taking objection to comments on atrocities against women by some leaders, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday asked political leaders to refrain from "doing psychological analysis" of rape and respect women.
"I appeal to our political leaders that we should not carry out psychological analysis of rape... Is it correct to make a statement always? Why rpt why can't we just keep quiet. Respect and security for women should be the topmost priority of the entire people," Modi said in Lok Sabha.
He was replying to a debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President for his address.
"Whenever such incidents happen, we should not just introspect but act... We are playing with the dignity of mothers and sisters. The people and the victims will not wait for long," he said.
The prime minister said women, who constituted half the population, should be made "active participants" in development. His comments came against the backdrop of the recent rape incidents in various parts of the country, including Uttar Pradesh. Mulayam Singh Yadav, chief of ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, was present in the House.
He also referred to the incidents in Pune (killing of a techie), Manali (where several students were washed away) and incidents of rape, saying "whatever has happened, it is painful. Our conscience will not forgive us".