The BJP’s IT cell in charge, Amit Malviya, has left many stumped with his take on marital rape, and how it can be compared with homosexuality.
He mixed the two together and tweeted this:
Those seeking to decriminalise homosexuality (reduced role of state) are also seeking law on marital rape (increased role of state)! #Irony— Amit Malviya (@malviyamit) March 17, 2016
So, he is equating the demand of an individual’s right to choose a partner (homosexuality) to that of an individual’s right in marriage (a law against marital rape). Nor surprisingly, he received a severe backlash from Twitteratti, with some even questioning his education and accusing him of having an Islamist mindset.
@malviyamit come one Amit! Those are not comparable things! The latter is an assault on a woman!!— Vishal Gupta (@nicemarwariboy) March 17, 2016
@malviyamit ur position on both r very similar 2 islamists position. Sometimes it feels islamic subjugation has made us forget real hinduism— Dhruv (@_DCnomics) March 17, 2016
@malviyamit Basically you want no legal action for forced rape, but you want to criminalise consensual sex… Now that’s “irony”.— Roohani D (@roohani19) March 17, 2016
@malviyamit this has to be the dumbest comparison in the history of the world.— Max Rockatansky (@Jivan_san) March 17, 2016
@malviyamit We even don’t know the difference between consensual sex and rape. Truly ignorant and uncivilized.— N S S Sarath Chandra (@chandunss) March 17, 2016
@malviyamit No offence sir but this tweet made me question your education. Get your facts straight before tweeting as this was fuckin stupid— Unnati Singh (@XoXoUnnati) March 17, 2016
A few days ago, Minister for Women & Child Development Maneka Gandhi, in a written reply in Parliament to a question on whether the government is planning to criminalise marital rape, said: “It is considered that the concept of marital rape, as understood internationally, cannot be suitably applied in the Indian context due to various factors like level of education/illiteracy, poverty”.
However, even after facing so much backlash, Malviya was still unfazed and tweeted this in the evening:
Whole of y’day, champions of marital rape law kept my mentions buzzing but none told me how the domestic violence act doesn’t help. Sigh.— Amit Malviya (@malviyamit) March 18, 2016