Media should stop reporting the statements of ministers who are trying to get two minutes fame by projecting their regressive views about girls. Sometimes, it feels they make these statements so that they can come in the notice of the national media. These politicians should be penalized for the kind of mindset they have. This time the focus of the media is on Madhya Pradesh Minister for Tribal Affairs, Vijay Shah.
He gave a simple and unheard of solution for resolving the issue of tribal girls' hostel facilities when somebody complained about the poor security system in their hostels. He asked these girls to organise themselves in groups of five or four and rent out rooms. That was not all. The minister, who was sharing his pearls of wisdom in a public gathering, said that these girls’ parents must also send in a written undertaking that they, i.e. the parents and not the state government, are responsible for these girls’ security.
As was reported by timesofindia.com, Shah was speaking in tribal-dominated Alirajpur district on Sunday last. These girls stay in hostels where 90 percent of the government hostels do not have even a boundary wall. While for boys, the government have arranged for private accommodations. Leader of the Opposition, Ajay Singh said, “Shah's remark shows total lack of sensitivity and cavalier approach towards women's security. The responsibility of protecting the people vests with the government and it cannot be shrugged off so outrageously.”
This is, however, not the first time that Shah is under the media glare. In the past he has been in the soup for dancing with scantily clad Russian dancers at the adivasi kala utsav organized by the tribal welfare department as well. He threw a New Year party at a time when the rest of the country was mourning the gang rape of Nirbhaya.