When a member of infamous Khap Panchayat in Haryana said eating chowmein led to rapes, many people discarded it as medieval thinking of an insensitive man of an equally insensitive Kangaroo court. But such thinking, it seems, is more widespread in India, and shockingly some women also share similar beliefs.
Speaking at a gathering of her party’s women wing in Nagpur on Tuesday, Asha Mirje, a politician and member of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) said “rapes take place also because of a woman’s clothes, her behaviour and her presence at inappropriate places.”
Speaking on the brutal Dec 16 gang rape of a medical student on amoving bus in Delhi that led to massive outrage across the country, Mirje asked why was the 23-year-old physiotherapy student out with her friend late at night.
She didn’t stop there and even took umbrage over the presence of a Mumbai photojournalist who was gang raped last year, at the abandoned Shakti Mills complex in financial capital Mumbai.
Mirje said: “Did Nirbhaya really have go to watch a movie at 11 in the night with her friend? Take the Shakti Mills gang-rape case. Why did the victim go to such an isolated spot at 6pm?”
Mirje, also a member of women’s commission in Mumbai, added women have to be ‘careful’.
“We have to ask ourselves, where am I going, what am I going for, do I really need to go to that place,” she said.
She added that a woman has to think whether, even if mistakenly, she is not inviting or inviting (sexual assault).