Indian state minister: Rape is 'sometimes right'

An Indian state minister has said that rape is a "social crime" and "sometimes it's right, sometimes it's wrong".

Protests have continued against the recent rape and hanging of two girls in India. Credit: REUTERS/Pawan Kumar

"Until there's a complaint, nothing can happen," Babulal Gaur also told reporters.

The comments come after two cousins, aged 12 and 14, were raped and hanged in northern India last week.

Police forces and the government have faced criticism for failing to visit the scene and for accusing the media of hyping the story, as well as not doing enough to help rape victims in the country.

Narendra Modi, who was sworn in as prime minister last week after a landslide election victory, has so far remained silent over the issue.