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Dressing dignifiedly can avoid rape: Minister tells women
While it has always been a raging debate that women dressing provocatively lead to rapes, men must understand that 'rape is something a pervert does' but women at the same time should avoid any such thing that can produce perverts out of humans.

A KARNATAKA Minister has hit the hornet’s nest by asking women to know how much skin they should cover. While the women groups have taken a strong note of his remarks and ‘termed it as the justification of crimes like rape, but various societal groups feel that he has a point when he says that they (government) can’t impose dress codes on women and ‘leave the issue of dressing to them’.

The issue has been debated a lot and earlier a Police officer in Toronto had proposed that women can avoid rape, if they don’t dress provocatively. It had led to a storm and slutwalks were organised worldwide to protest against his remarks.

C C Patil, karnataka Women and Child Welfare Minister was speaking to The Times of India on the remarks of director General of Police Dinesh Reddy, who had attributed the rise in rapes to women, dressing provocatively by wearing ‘flimsy and fashionable’ dresses. “Incidents like rape and sexual harassment occur when moral values among men decline – the subtext being woman dressing provocatively cause men’s morals to nosedive, according to the paper.

While yes, such dresses can definitely have a bad bearing on men, but that can never be a justification for dastardly crimes like rape. If only dressing was the larger part of the problems of sexual harassment then I am sure, Middle East would have been free from such incidents. Definitely it is not, but yes, rape is not so rampant there. Though, strict laws and tougher punishments have acted as a deterrent there.

Also we have witnessed and heard about incidents when a woman was dressed decently in a Salwar Kameez, still she had to bear the brunt. Sexual harassment cases have become a norm in this society, though there is nothing like a provocation.

Only last year, Delhi Police Commissioner, B K Gupta’s remarks were also widely criticised by Women rights groups when he said that women should avoid walking alone during night. Pertinent to mention, it has become a style statement to take everything in bad light, though most girls condoned Gupta’s idea on the grounds that they can’t expect a policeman to be posted at every street corner.

While there is always a thin line between ‘for and against’ remarks on the issue but a gentleman would never think of raping or actually committing the heinous crime against the fairer sex. People who have or think of raping a girl are nonetheless perverts.

As goes a saying ‘a pearl can’t be found on a road, you have to dive into the ocean bed to find it’, a woman’s body is equally precious and shouldn’t be an ogle away.

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