By Imran Qureshi
December 17, 2021
An opposition lawmaker in the southern Indian state of Karnataka has apologised for joking about rape.
“There is a saying that when rape is inevitable, lie down and enjoy it,” Congress leader KR Ramesh Kumar said in reply to speaker Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri’s remark on chaos in the state assembly.
Mr Kageri and some other lawmakers laughed in response.
But Mr Kumar had to apologise after the statement drew outrage.
On Friday, he said in the assembly that he was apologising “with an open heart” to anyone who was hurt by the remark.