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Women activists worried about women's safety after ML Khattar's appointment as Haryana CM
Narendra Modi led party, BJP, elected Manohar Lal Khattar as the new Chief Minister of Haryana. The 60-year old man is a former RSS person and has been unanimously chosen by the party cadre to be the state's first BJP Chief Minister.

But there were a number of people who were left surprised when Khattar was handed over such a prestigious seat of the state. Unsurprisingly, people were surprised as he has been a root to a number of controversies related to issues like women's rights, pre-marital sex and Khap Panchayats, which makes one wonder about him as a visionary leader.

Recently, during his election campaign, Khattar had blamed women for India's rising number of sexual assaults, saying "If a girl is dressed decently, a boy will not look at her in the wrong way." When asked about giving freedom to the young generation he said, "If you want freedom, why don't they just roam around naked? Freedom has to be limited. These short clothes are western influences. Our country's tradition asks girls to dress decently."

Apart from this Khattar is also a strong vocal supporter of Khap Panchayats (unofficial village bodies that dispense justice in some parts of North India). And during his campaign Khattar had said that Khap rulings are justified as they are only trying to maintain the rich Indian tradition and culture in the state.

Haryana is one such state where crime against women is alarming. It has one of the lowest sex ratios in India - 833 women to every 1000 men. And the state is already infected with orthodox Khap Panchayat's, now a CM with such an ideology! What will be the fate of women empowerment in the state now?

Kavita Krishnan, Secretary All India Progressive Women's Association feels that the situation is going to be dangerous for women in the state, "Its extremely disturbing, because for an elected chief minister to be voicing such things. He is basically justifying rape, and is suggesting restrictions on women's rights and freedom, which is extremely dangerous. Of course, he is not the first political leader to be saying such things. There have been many leaders, but for Haryana Chief Minister saying this is a grave concern. Basically it will embolden the Khap panchayat, who are already being indulging in honour killing and moral policing of women."

Another activist, who has been voicing her opinion against such discrimination and inhumane treatment against women has been Mamta Sharma. She is also Chairperson of National Commission for Women, who said, "I think its going to be bad, because when you can say such things in your election campaigns, you will definitely implement it, and when such rules will be implemented then women has to face the consequence. Already the sex ratio in the state is less and is declining gradually. So, now the CM has to change his ideology, otherwise I could see a declining future of women in Haryana."

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