Late Arun Jaitley had made the remark in 2014 while speaking to a gathering of state tourism ministers. He had issued a clarification later.
He was referring to the incident in December 2012 in which a 23-year-old physiotherapy student was assaulted on a moving bus by six men who gang-raped her and tortured her with an iron rod. The gangrape was condemned worldwide and had triggered widespread protests in India after the victim died.
Jaitley's comments were criticised and called insensitive and the parents of the victim also expressed shock over his comments. He later issued a clarification saying, "I regret that some word that I used was construed as insensitive, that was never my intention. I have been always been very outspoken about issues relating to crime against women. I am very sensitive to these issues myself."