- Women should avoid areas where they are vulnerable: Azam Khan
- He had termed 2016 Bulandshahr gangrape as a 'conspiracy'
- 14 men molested 2 women in Rampur and posted video on social media
The Samajwadi Party, which was swept out of power by the BJP in the recent assembly elections in the state, has been hawkish on the law and order issue since. Its leaders, including former Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, has attacked the Yogi Adiyanath government repeatedly over what he had called 'lawlessness' in the state.
But today, Mr Khan said the Rampur videos were nothing to be surprised at, since there have been many "rapes, murders and robberies under the new government". "After the Bulandshahr gang-rape case, people should ensure that women of their house stay indoors as much as possible... Girls should also avoid places where such shameful acts happen," he said.
The reference was to the shocking gang-rape of a 14-year-old girl and her mother in Bulandshahr last year in July. At the time, Mr Khan had bizarrely suggested it could be a "political conspiracy" to defame the then Akhilesh Yadav government. Later, the Supreme Court asked him to submit an unconditional apology for his statement after the teen appealed to the court.
Earlier too, Mr Khan has been panned by activists for his controversial comments. In October 2015, Mr Khan had caused a furore by blaming cellphones for the increasing number of rapes. The younger generation, he had said, were misusing cellphones.