Swamy backs Khattar over his rape comment, says he was trying to explain the circumstances

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Member of Rajya Sabha Subramanian Swamy backed Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, over his controversial remark on rape victims, saying that Khattar was just "explaining the circumstances." Swamy said, "He was just explaining the circumstances that arise because of the familiarity between a boy and a girl, who are originally friends; but when their relations turn sour, you have those jilted people who throw acid on their former girlfriends." The 79-years-old leader also stressed that criminals must be prosecuted under any circumstances. "Crime is a crime. It does not matter what the circumstances were as there are no mitigating circumstances. When the rape of a woman takes place it is defaming of her body and we cannot accept it," said Swami. Adding that there is a death penalty for such crimes and all criminals must be prosecuted. On Saturday, Haryana Chief Minister said that most of the rapes incidents usually happen between the acquaintances, which go for filing a rape complaint after their relations, turn sour.