Facing flak for the Kanker rape case, Chhattisgarh Home Minister Nanki Ram Kanwar has landed himself in a spot by saying that crimes against women were happening as their “stars” were in adverse positions, a remark termed as childish and vulgar by the state Congress.

“We have no answer to this rising spate of crimes against women. Star are not in position,” Mr. Kanwar told reporters here.

“Harm can come on a person if the stars are in adverse positions... We have no answer to this, only an astrologer can predict,” the state Home Minister said.

Mr. Kanwar’s remarks came on Monday, after opposition Congress in Chhattisgarh demanded dismissal of the BJP government over the issue of the alleged rape on minor inmates of a government-run residential school for tribal girls in Kanker district, which came to light following a complaint on Saturday.

Asked about the Home Minister’s remarks, Chief Minister Raman Singh on Tuesday quipped, “Now, what do I say on this.”

State Congress chief Nand Kumar Patel called Mr. Kanwar’s comments as childish and vulgar.

A delegation of Congress leaders, led by Mr. Patel, had on Monday met Chhattisgarh Governor Shekhar Dutt and demanded dismissal of the state government, saying it has failed to ensure safety of the girls living in residential schools.

In a memorandum to the Governor, the party said that everybody was shocked by the incident of rape of inmates of Tribal Girls Pre-matric Hostel in Narharpur area of Kanker.

Two persons, including a teacher, have been arrested for allegedly raping minor inmates of the government-run residential school, according to police.

The Chhattisgarh government has ordered a high-level probe into the incident and Director General of Police Ramniwas has deputed IPS officer Neetu Kamal to investigate it.