Hyderabad: Telangana Home minister Mohd Mahmood Ali has once again sparked controversy, saying that the recent rape and murder victim should have called 100 instead of her sister.

The minister was speaking to a news agency on Friday while referring to the gruesome rape and murder of Disha (name changed), whose charred body was found in Shadnagar on Thursday. “We are saddened by the horrific incident. Telangana police are always on alert and are controlling crime. Being an educated woman, she should have dialled 100 and took help from the police, instead of calling her sister. If she had called 100, she would have been saved. We have to spread awareness among citizens, mainly women, that ‘100’ is a friendly number,” said Mahmood Ali

He made these comments a day after the charred body of the 26-year-old veterinarian was found near Hyderabad outskirts. The minister also added that the police had deployed ten teams to investigate this matter and already made some arrests related to the case. He noted that the officials would soon catch hold of all the culprits behind the incident. “A strict action will be taken against them similar to how an accused was given death penalty within two months of the incident,” Mahmood Ali said.

On Thursday morning, Disha’s charred body was found underneath a culvert near the Hyderabad-Bengaluru National Highway 44. She was on her way home when the incident occurred.

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