Chandigarh: In shocking remarks, BJP MP Kirron Kher on Wednesday appeared to put part of the blame for the Chandigarh gang-rape on the victim herself.”Bachchi ki samajhdaari ko bhi main thoda sa kehna chahti hun… saari bachiyon ko.. ki already jab koi teen aadmi baithe hue hain uske andar… to aapko usme bethna nahi chahiye tha….I am saying this to protect the girls…..,” Kher was quoted as saying at the press conference.
The woman had come to Chandigarh’s Sector 37 to attend a stenography class for the first time. She boarded the auto to return to her paying guest accommodation in Mohali. She was gang-raped by the three men and left alone in Sector 53 after the heinous act. The police were informed after some passersby spotted her.
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Speaking at a press conference here, Mrs Kher said the 22-year-old woman, should have applied common sense and not boarded the vehicle as three men were already sitting inside it.To make her point further, she spoke about her own experience of living in Mumbai as a young girl and that whenever her female friends and she would take a taxi, they would note down the number-plate and inform someone, because they were worried about their safety .
When asked about why there wasn’t a Women’s Commission in Chandigarh, Mrs Kher said that the city’s highest administrational positions were being held by women like her, the mayor, and the SSP – who are all approachable – so what was the need for a Mahila Ayog.
Twitter users weren’t pleased with her remarks and an outrage was triggered. Congress leader Pawan Kumar Bansal responded to Kher’s statement saying, “I am amazed how she gave such a statement, It seems like a light take on a serious matter. She instead needed to tell how she is going to make Chandigarh a safer place for women.”
I am amazed how she gave such a statement, It seems like a light take on a serious matter. She instead needed to tell how she is going to make Chandigarh a safer place for women.: Pawan Kumar Bansal, Congress, on Kirron Kher's statement on Chandigarh rape case pic.twitter.com/sgG5Eq6IMM
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Many such tweets mocking her for the statement forced her to reply but she instead of correcting her statement she went on to defend it .”All I said was that times are not good and so girls need to be vigilant. Chandigarh Police sends a PCR if any girl dials 100 at night. Shame on those politicising the statement. You have young girls at home, you should say constructive things like me, not destructive.”Kirron Kher said, “Politics should not be played here.” She said girls should be careful and that’s what she had said yesterday.
“Those who are trying to play politics over my statement should be ashamed of themsevles,” and asked everyone to talk constructive.
Kher also said that Chandigarh Police sends a PCR for help if a woman dials 100 at night and said that it was necessary that people should educate their boys to prevent such crimes, but at the same time girls too should be alert and aware.
With PTI inputs