POSTED BY Buzz ON Aug 22, 2014 AT 14:15 IST ,  Edited At: Aug 22, 2014 14:15 IST

Finane minister Arun Jaitley has caused shocked anger at his callous remarks about the brutal gangrape and murder of a 23-year-old paramedical student in 2012.

While addressing a conference of state tourism ministers on Thursday, August 21, Jaitley said:

"One small incident of rape in Delhi advertised world over is enough to cost us millions of dollars in terms of lower tourism"

When a storm of protest broke over his shocking statement that seemed to trivialise the Dec 16, 2012 rape that shook India, the finance and defence minister merely said that he regretted his remark was misconstrued.

"I regret that some word that I used was construed as insensitive, that was never my intention. I have always been very outspoken about issues relating to crime against women. I am very sensitive to these issues myself," he said.

Jaitley also added that, "I had spoken at length as to factors which hurt tourism in India; one of factors I mentioned was crime against women."

In a seeming effort at damage control, when the full text of his speech was made available by PIB, it omitted the word "small".

It was only when a TV channel played his full speech that his staunch suppoters clearly heard him indeed saying what he was reported to have said:


‘A law and order problem, one small incident of rape in Delhi advertised world over is enough to cost us millions of dollars in terms of... lower tourism. So we have a national responsibility especially when God has blessed us with everything, which a tourist wants to see... ‘

Some of the reactions on Twitter:

 

POSTED BY Buzz ON Aug 22, 2014 AT 14:15 IST ,  Edited At: Aug 22, 2014 14:15 IST
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Digression
6/D-55
Aug 27, 2014
04:33 PM

So Rape is 'MAJOR' ONLY if it gets frenzied media reporting? Get a life sickos.. 100's if not 1000's of rape happened after the incident and all those victims suffer silently. As long as this mentality continues, is desh ka kuch nahi hoga.

Acche din agaye.

Raja
Delhi, India
5/D-38
Aug 27, 2014
11:59 AM

That 'rape' was the MOTHER of all Hyperreporting by the media, intent on hypererporting rape in India.

Misogynist
Chennai, India
4/D-89
Aug 26, 2014
10:23 PM

Why then was jaitely so upset about the one small case of rape in Goa? 

communalist
mumbai, India
3/D-138
Aug 23, 2014
07:00 PM

 Jaitley just reflects how must these self virtous Netas care about women.None cares.

The men in India have lost there balance

harun
chennai, India
2/D-4
Aug 23, 2014
12:15 AM

 Jaitley has committed blasphemy by terming the rape and murder of one who by virtue of her of caste was a holy cow.

The whole agitation was orchestrated by powerful caste  panchayet of India's most privileged people whose mere drop of a hat even cuases earthquakes. So everything was suspended for benefit of the rape victim. 

Arun Jaitley has disrespected her more than the indignity of rape itself!!

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