Maharashtra Women's Commission member blames women for rape, NCW chairperson calls it ''absolutely wrong''
Women all around India were in utter shock as Maharashtra Women's Commission member, Dr. Asha Mirge stirred up a major controversy when she said that girls need to be careful about the dress they wear to avoid attention of the rapists. She also stated that girls should be careful as to what time they are moving out of their houses as well. National Commission for Women Chairperson, Mamta Sharma considers her comments to be ''absolutely wrong''.
Democratic Women's Association Vice-President, Sudha Sundraraman claims it to be ridiculous for a member of Maharashtra
Women's Commission to come up with such statement about women issues, when she she is not even aware about the reasons for crime. She said, ''It is very unfortunate that a women commission member is not aware of the reasons for crime against women. Figures reveal that most of the crimes against women have nothing to do with what girls wear.''
In the past year or so, there has been a number of rape cases that rocked the nation, where the girls were dressed decently. So where does the question of dress come about in rape? It is the mentality of men. For instance, lets go back to Nirbhaya's rape case, where she was gang-raped, leading to her death. She was dressed decently, but was a subject to one of the most heinous crime against women till date in the country.
Dr. Asha Mirge even commented on Nirbhaya's case claiming indirectly it was her fault. She said that Nirbhaya could have gone for a evening show rather than late night show. Is it fair for her to say what time of the day should one go and watch a movie? What guarantee can she give that she would be safe during the day?
But, after the Nirbhaya incident, girls generally hesitate to come out of their houses late night. This just brings into question about the restricted freedom of being a girl in the Indian society.
Mamta Sharma said, ''Whatever things she said about Nibhaya case, dresses girls should wear, body language etc. It is wrong. It has been 67 years that India has attained independence from the British, so if there is freedom in the country, it is for everyone, both men and women.''
Late yesterday, Dr. Asha Mirge apologised for her comments saying that it was her personal views and not the commission's.
But, such kind of comments only sends a wrong message in the Indian society.