Congress leader Rashid Alvi termed as "most unfortunate" Arun Jaitley's remarks and said such statements reveals the thinking of the government.
"If any girl of the nation is raped, it is a blot on the nation. If a minister terms it as a small incident, that is most unfortunate. This shows the thinking of the government," he said.
Member of National Commission of Women (NCW) Nirmala Sawant said, "It is wrong from the part of a minister to make such remarks and compare how such crime can hurt country's economy. His remarks is very unfortunate. I condemn it." Congress' students wing NSU-I also strongly condemned the statement of Jaitley.
"We wish to ask him what in his case a small rape is and what is a big rape? It is sad and pathetic to have our representatives make such insensitive remarks. As a country we deserve more sensitive and rational leaders," NSU-I leader Amrish Ranjan Pandey said.