A Nokia N97 is demonstrated at the Nokia Capital Markets Day in New York
A Nokia N97 is demonstrated at the Nokia Capital Markets Day in New York, December 4, 2008.REUTERS

BSP MLA Rajpal Saini received lots of flak on Monday for his controversial statement that women do not need mobile phones as they distract them.

In what seems like a constant effort to attack women and the latest technology, the BSP leader said his mother and wife do not have mobile phones, yet they live happily.

"There is no need to give phones to women and children. It distracts them and is useless. Why do women need phones? My mother, wife and sister never had mobile phones. They survived without one," said Saini as quoted by IBN live.

Saini later said that his statement was misinterpreted and misquoted by the media. He added that he tried to make a point that children of certain age group should not be given mobile phones.

"What I am saying is that students should not be given mobile phones. It is the age to study, and mobile phones are a distraction. Due to mobile phones, they lose their way and do not focus on their studies," he added.

The political leaders of the country have been making a series of irresponsible statements in the last couple of days. The statement of BSP leader about the mobile technology is the latest one to the sting of bizarre statements.

It was reported that Haryana Khap Panchayat member and authority blamed the girls and the television for the increase in rape cases. Sube Singh, a Khap panchayat member suggested child marriages as the only solution to reduce such incidents in the state.

"I believe this is happening because our youth are being badly influenced by cinema and television. I think that girls should be married at the age of 16, so that they have their husbands for their sexual needs, and they don't need to go elsewhere. This way rapes will not occur," commented Singh.

The ruling party Congress had lost its face recently when a Congress leader in Haryana claimed that most of the rape cases happened in the state were "consensual".

Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee member and Congress Hisar district spokesman Dharambir Goyat told "Ninety per cent of rape cases are (a case of) consensual sex between the girl and boy.... The girl gets into an affair with a boy and she goes with him without knowing that he is of criminal mindset."