Saturday, September 21, 2013

A Nation Awakens: Nirbhaya dies after 13 days long fight for life (Episode 296, 297 on 21-22nd September 2013)

The Nation Awekens
देश जाग उठा 
Controversial Statements by well-known people after the incident

"She should have taken God's name and could have held the hand of one of the men and said ‘I consider you as my brother', and should have said to the other two 'Brother I am helpless, you are my brother, my religious brother.' In other words, if she's begged for forgiveness and cited the fraternity of man and called to God for help, all would have been well. Bapu's spokesperson later responded to criticism of his statements by saying that women who get assaulted bear a fraction of the responsibility.
Asaram Babu
(Hindustan Times)

On making girls in the tropical southern citywear overcoats so men won’t be driven mad with lust: "The meeting resolved to introduce overcoats for girl students, operate special buses for them and ban mobile phones in schools. Our government is committed to ensuring safety of women, particularly girl students."
Puducherry Education Minister T Thiagarajan
(Hindustan Times)

Rajasthan BJP lawmaker Banwari Lal Singhal, a MLA in Rajasthan has demanded a banon skirts as uniform in schools to keep girls away from "men's lustful gazes". Alwar (Urban) legislator Banwari Lal Singhal has written a letter to the state chief secretary C K Mathew, demanding that skirts should be replaced by trousers or salwar-kameez. "The intention of this demand is to keep girl students away from men's lustful gazes and for their comfort in hot and cold weather conditions,"

"If you keep petrol and fire together then it will burn. There should be a law to ensure that there should be no ‘nangapan' (nudity). Those who wear less clothes should also be banned." Also, paraphrased: fashion and nudity are responsible for the current situation in India. And in rural India, "girls don't go searching out for boyfriend(s)." It goes on: "I support death penalty for the Delhi rapists but there should also be a law that women should not wear less clothes and roam around with boys who are not their relatives. What is the need for roaming at night with men who are not relatives? This should be stopped." To be fair, here is the response from his son Farhan: "We are a cosmopolitan family, I have five sisters, they are educated, they drive and roam around in cars, we have always respected girls as equals and is that how it should be."
Abu Asim Azmi, state president of the Maharashtra Samajwadi Party
(India Today)

"Those who claim to be students - I can see many beautiful women among them - highly dented-painted - they're giving interviews on TV, they've brought their children to show them the scenes. I have grave doubts whether  they're students, because women of that age are generally not students."
(Note: by dented-painted, we generally understand this to mean that they're either
  • a) a bit older and therefore need to be made up to look attractive, 
  • b) they're like a car after a repair job, or 
  • c) they're generally made up, and somehow not serious about their protests against the climate of assault and lack of prosecution in India.
Congress MP Abhijit Mukherjee (son of President Pranab Mukherjee)
(Financial Express)

"Only when Sitaji crossed the Lakshman rekha, she was kidnapped by Ravan. If Sitaji (woman) crosses the Lakshman rekha, then "Sitaharan" (crime against them) is bound to take place as Ravans are out there." Here's the background on that, along with one hell of a deconstruction of the plight of women "alone in the forest," by Nilanjana Roy. Vijayvargiya withdrew his remark under pressure, by the way.
Madhya Pradesh BJP leader Vijayvargiya
(Deccan Chronicle)

"Harm can come on  a person if the stars are in adverse positions … We have no answer to this, only an astrologer can predict."
Chhattisgarh Home Minister Nanki Ram Kanwar
(India Today)

"A husband and wife are involved in a contract under which the husband has said that you should take care of my house and I will take care of all your needs. I will keep you safe. So, the husband follows the contract terms. Till the time, the wife follows the contract, the husband stays with her, if the wife violates the contract, he can disown her."

Villages that embody the spirit of "Bharat" rather than "India" don't produce a culture of this crime. That's something that you see in areas in which western culture's poison has seeped into Indian souls, most notably in urban areas.
Mohan Bhagwat (chief of right-wing organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh)

"To my understanding,  consumption of fast food contributes to such incidents. Chowmein leads to hormonal imbalance evoking an urge to indulge in such acts."
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee: "Earlier if men and women would hold hands, they would get caught by parents and reprimanded but now everything is so open. It's like an open market with open options."
Jitendar Chattar (leader of a Khap Panchayat)

"When a group of men intend to commit this, they will do it. The victim should save herself for bringing the perpetrators to book … Had the girl simply surrendered (and not resisted) when surrounded by six men, she would not have lost her intestine. Why was she out with her boyfriend at 10 pm?"
Dr. Anita Shukla, scientist at the Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya
(Indian Express)

"Co-education should be abolished and proper education facilities meant exclusively for women should be available at all level of education. Educational institutions should prescribe sober and dignified dress for girls."
Jamaat-E-Islami Hind (Islamist organisation).
Statement released by Secretary General Nusrat Ali
(Times of India)

"Why do housewives and school going girls need mobiles? It encourages them to make futile small talk and get connected with people outside their homes."
MP Rajpal Saini
(Reuters, citing others)

After Mumbai Similar type of case
"Women needed to pay attention to their clothes to avoid these kind of assaults. Women should not be too influenced by television"
Naresh Agarwal
Samajwadi Party leader and Rajya Sabha MP

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