Congress MLA and former Karnataka Assembly speaker KR Ramesh Kumar triggered outrage after he joked about rape in the state’s assembly on Thursday. “There is a saying that when rape is inevitable, lie down and enjoy,” the minister was heard saying in the Assembly. A video of the incident was widely circulated on social media.

The comment was made when Speaker Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri questioned allotting time to everyone during a discussion on farmers’ issues, NDTV reported.

The minister later apologised for his comments on Twitter.