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Blaming women after molestation incidents highly insensitive
Fatima Peter | Thursday, 5 January 2017 AT 12:37 AM IST
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When it comes to molestation and rapes, the question of ‘dressing in revealing or western clothes by women’ always comes up. Everyone gets an opportunity to question the dressing sense and lifestyle of women. After a recent incident of mass molestation in Bengaluru during the New Year’s Eve, our politicians did not leave the opportunity to blame women for their revealing dressing sense and adopting western habits of partying and going out alone during the night.

A file photo of police personnel holding sticks as they attempt to manage crowds during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Bangaluru.
Samajwadi Party Mumbai Unit Chief Abu Azmi suggested that the reason behind ‘mass molestation’ of women in Bengaluru was because they were adopting the western culture and ‘straying away’ from Indian culture. “In these modern times, the more women are naked, the more fashionable, modern and educated they are considered. And this is increasing in the country. This is a blot on our culture,” he said. He further went on to say that, “if there’s petrol near the fire, it will burn. If there is sugar, ants will come.’’

Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara said, “A large number of youngsters had gathered for New Year’s Eve -- youngsters who are almost like Westerners. Hence, they try to copy westerners not only in the mindset but even the dressing, so some disturbance, some girls are harassed, this kind of things do happen.”

Firstly, it is high time that we should condemn these ridiculous beliefs that dressing of women and her going out alone in the night should be prohibited because this attracts men towards them. It is men with the rapist thoughts who are to be blamed. And if this is the case, why don’t men who can’t control their feeling stay inside their houses so that women can roam freely during the night without getting molested or raped.

And our netas should stop making such provocative statements to gain cheap publicity or better get sacked. They are elected by the people of the country to work for the betterment of the society. It is their duty to see that better rules and policies for the safety of women come into effect. So when they completely fail in doing their duty, don’t try to blame women for getting raped and molested.

In another incident, in Bengaluru, a woman was attacked by two men who came on a motorcycle and blocked her path and groped her. The incident occurred about 2.30 am on Sunday morning in an alley several kilometres from the central Bangalore streets where the mass molestation allegedly took place.

Also, according to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), crimes against women have increased by 34 per cent over the last four years to 2015. Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal reported the most crimes against women in 2015, with 35,527, 31,126 and 33,218 cases, respectively.

So not only Bengaluru or Delhi, every state needs to pull up its socks and work towards implementation of better rules and policies to tackle crimes against women and make them feel safe.

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