A surprising comment by a member of the Uttar Pradesh Women’s Commission has underlined the deep-seated misogyny and gender points that proceed to hang-out Indian society.
In response to a query about rising rape circumstances, Women’s Commission member Meena Kumari informed reporters “girls should not be given mobile phones” as a result of they “talk with boys and later run away with them”. She additionally referred to as for round the clock policing of younger ladies.
“I appeal to parents not to give mobile phones to daughters… if they do, phones should be checked regularly. All this (crime against women) is due to negligence by mothers,” she informed reporters.
“We, as parents and society, have to put a check on our daughters… always see where they are going, and which boys they are sitting with. We have to check their mobile phones… girls will keep talking on their phone and then they are tricked into eloping for marriage,” she mentioned.
After her feedback triggered a row Ms Kumari issued a clarification.
“My statement has been misinterpreted. What I said was that parents should check whether their children are using mobile phones for studies or other purposes. I never said that if girls use phones they will run away with boys,” she was quoted by information company ANI.
My assertion has been misinterpreted. What I truly mentioned was that oldsters ought to examine whether or not their kids are utilizing cellphones for research or different functions. I by no means mentioned that if ladies use telephones they run away with boys: UP ladies’s fee member Meena Kumari pic.twitter.com/JKeQREaS1N
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) June 10, 2021
Ms Kumari insisted she solely spoke particularly about ladies as a result of she had been knowledgeable “of a case like this”. She didn’t give particulars of this case, or the way it may serve to help her assertion.
Video snippets of Ms Kumar’s first quote have been broadly shared on-line, with Swati Maliwal, the Chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women, among the many most forceful critics.
“No ma’am, a phone in a girl’s hand is not a reason for rape. The reason for rape is a bad social system that affects the mindset of criminals. The Prime Minister is requested to sensitive all Women’s Commission members…” Ms Maliwal tweeted.
“Send them to the Delhi Commission for one day… to see how we work. We will teach them,” she added.
नहीं मैडम, लड़की के हाथ में फोन बलात्कार का कारण नहीं है. बलात्कार का कारण है ऐसी घटिया मानसिकता जो अपराधियों के हौसले और बढ़ाती है. प्रधानमंत्री जी से निवेदन है सभी महिला आयोगों को ज़रा सेंसिटाइज करवाइए, एक दिन दिल्ली महिला आयोग की कार्यशैली देखने भेजिए, हम सिखाते हैं इन्हे ! pic.twitter.com/yf1YxC8i6r
— Swati Maliwal (@SwatiJaiHind) June 10, 2021
Meena Kumari’s remark comes months after a member of the National Commission for Women, Chandramukhi Devi, mentioned the gangrape and murder of a 50-year-old woman in Uttar Pradesh’s Budaun may have been averted if she had not gone out within the night.
The remark was retracted after a livid outcry, together with a scathing assault by Congress chief Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who accused the NCW of victim-blaming.
With enter from ANI