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The News Minute | November 8, 2014 | 5.14 pm IST (Editorial) As if the number of reported cases of sexual assault were not bad enough, people in Karnataka have to listen to elected representatives make personal remarks raping about politician’s wives and daughters. Senior BJP leader K S Eswarappa railed about the ruling Congress government’s failure to curb the rising violence, and accused Shivamogga district in-charge minister Kimmane Ratnakar of shielding the accused in the kidnapping and subsequent death of a minor under mysterious circumstances.  Addressing the media in Bangalore, Eshwarappa said: “When a rape is committed, people get angry. Maybe if Chief Minister’s daughter or the Home Minister’s daughter is raped, they will be more alert.  Although the state BJP president Prahlad Joshi said that Eshwarappa’s remarks were in bad taste and that he should not have said such things, Congress workers staged protests across the state. In retaliation on Saturday morning Congress MLC Ivan D’Souza said: “If I say I will rape Eshwarappa’s wife, what would he say?” Read: BJP leader says CM would understand if his daughter was raped The Congress too dissociated itself with D’Souza’s remarks, and he later said that he would not make such remarks in future.  Taking the disgust quotient even higher was another Congress leader. MLC V S Ugrappa said that BJP MP from Udupi-Chikmagalur Shobha Karandlaje had not business lambasting the government over the reported cases in sexual offences. Ugrappa said: “Ms. Karandlaje should not make irresponsible statements. Actually, I am not sure if she is Ms. or Mrs.” Shobha Karandlaje is unmarried. State Congress president G Parameshwara said that he would take disciplinary action against both Ugrappa and D’Souza. Although heads of both parties in the state have behaved responsibly, there is always an element in public anger which feels that political class is apathetic of the people’s sentiments because they are unaffected personally by such instances. But such mud-slinging by politicians will do nothing to restore the public’s faith. 
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