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Mar 20, 2013 at 11:38am IST

JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav says stalking women in India a norm, 'everyone does it'

New Delhi: Janata Dal (United) chief Sharad Yadav made a bizarre statement in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday that bordered on gender bias and claimed that everyone has stalked women at some point in their lives. The politician went on to say that stalking is the norm in the country where it is only men who approach women if they want to talk to them.

"Kaun hai hum me se jisne peechha nahi kiya hai. Aur jab mahila se baat karni hoti hai tab pehal mahila nahi karti hai, pehal toh hamein hi karna hoti hai. Koshish toh hamein hi karni padti hai. Pyaar se batana padta hai, yeh poore desh ka kissa hai. Humne khud anubhav kiya hai, hum sab log uss daur se gujare hain, usko aise mat bhulo. Debate karao, long lasting changes pe nazar rakho. (We have all stalked (women). And you have to take the first step when you want to speak to a woman. A woman will never approach you; we (men) have to try on our own and have to talk to her her softly. This is the story of the entire country. We have experienced it ourselves. We all have gone through that age, don't forget. We must debate (on anti-rape laws) and keep our eyes set on long lasting changes)," the JD(U) chief said.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and Member of Parliament Supriya Sule lashed out at Yadav for his statement and she is pained to see the gender bias in the House. "We need judicial and police reforms if women are to be protected," Sule added.

The new anti-rape Bill, which seeks to hand down stringent punishment for crimes against women, was finally tabled in Parliament on Tuesday. It took two rounds of all-party meeting on Monday for the political class to move beyond its differences. At heart of the debate was the age of consensual sex and whether it should be 16 years or 18 years.