Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray has once again sparked a controversy, this time by blaming 'Bihari' migrants for the ghastly Delhi gang-rape incident that claimed the life of a promising paramedic student, shaking the country's conscience and spilling protests on the streets across.
"All are talking about the Delhi gangrape, but nobody is asking from where these men came. No one is asking who did it. So many cases are slapped against me (for speaking against Biharis) but no one is talking about the fact that all these rapists are from Bihar," he said, addressing a public function in suburban Goregaon on Saturday night.
While sympathising with the victims and her kin, Thackeray blamed the migrant population for the rise in crime. "Even Delhi chief minister remarked to the Congress president Sonia Gandhi that migrants were the primary reason for rise in crime in the national capital," he said.
"The system has collapsed," he added.
The gangrape of a 23-year-old paramedical student in the national capital has led to thousands of protesters taking to the streets demanding stricter anti-rape laws. A Delhi court on Saturday took cognisance of the charge sheet filed by the Delhi Police and summoned the five accused named in it on January 7.