A day after woman was allegedly gangraped by security guards outside a Bengaluru tennis club, Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara on Friday reportedly asked why she was out late at night. Two security guards had been arrested for raping the 30-year-old woman in the well-known Cubbon Park on Wednesday night. "A woman from Tumkur was near the tennis club at 9.30pm. I am told she wanted to learn tennis. At that time, why was she waiting near the tennis club to learn tennis is the question. We are investigating and checking everything," minister G Parameshwara said, according to an NDTV report.

However, the minister denied that he made the statement, even as Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi asked for his resignation. "I didn't make that statement. I said the incident happened at 9.30 in the evening and police were quick enough to arrest those two persons. That's all I said and the media has twisted my statement," Parameshwara said on Friday.

Last month, Parameshwara's predecessor KJ George had commented that there need to be three or four people, not two, involved in a sexual assault for it to be called gangrape. He was replaced by Parameshwara soon after.