Rapes are unfortunate but can't be stopped, says Union minister Santosh Gangwar

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Rapes are unfortunate but can't be stopped, says Union minister Santosh Gangwar

Gangwar's statement comes hours after the central government passed an ordinance to amend the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act to grant death penalty for the rape of girls under the age of 12.

While the entire country is outraged over the recent incidents of rapes of minors, Union minister minister Santosh Gangwar has stirred a controversy by saying that rapes cannot be stopped.

Speaking to news agency ANI, Gangwar said, "Such incidents [rape cases] are unfortunate but cannot be stopped. The government is alert, and is taking the necessary action. If 1-2 such incidents occur in such a big country, we shouldn't make an issue out of it."

Santosh Gangwar is the Minister of State for Finance.

Gangwar's statement comes hours after the central government passed an ordinance to amend the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act to grant death penalty for the rape of girls under the age of 12.

Incidents of gang rape in BJP-led Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir shocked the country. The gangrapes of minors in Kathua and Unnao led to massive outrage from all across India.