Indian Government Official Blames Mass NYE Rape on Women
A minister and an MP in India have come under fire for suggesting that it’s the way women dress that’s to blame for the mass sex attack in Bangalore on New Year’s Eve.
In the city of Bangalore, the largest in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, scores of women were, according to the local media, attacked and molested by groups of men, apparently drunk, on the night of December 31.
The sexual assaults happened despite the presence of 1,500 police on the streets. The incident has spread shock throughout the country.
Referring to the reports, Karnataka Home Minister, G Parameshwara criticized women for dressing “like westerners.”
“In events like New Year or Christmas Day, there are women who are harassed or treated badly. We take precautionary measures,” he said in an interview with the Mumbai-based TV news channel Times Now.
The minister was condemned for the “irresponsible” remark by the central government’s junior home minister Kiren Rijiju, according to AFP.
Parameshwara later claimed he was misquoted.
Abu Azmi, president of the Samajwadi Party’s Maharashtra state branch, was even more blunt in laying the blame on women.
“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,” NDTV quoted him as saying.
“If my sister or daughter is roaming around on December 31 with random men who aren’t their husband or brother, I don’t think that’s right.”
“If there’s petrol near fire, it will burn. If there is sugar, ants will come,” he added.
Azmi has been known for making similarly controversial remarks over the years. In 2014, he called for women who have sex outside marriage to face the death penalty, for which he was publicly scorned by his son and daughter-in-law.
Parameshwara and Azmi’s remarks prompted a social media uproar.