Women Commoditization By Indian Politicians

By admin - December 29, 2012

Indian politicians, across all parties, continue to reflect a sick medieval mindset when it comes to issues affecting women. It’s appalling to listen to their outrageous views on women.
January 8, 2012 - Chhattisgarh Home Minister(BJP) Nanki Ram Kanwar blamed positions of stars for rapes. Here is what he had to say - ”We have no answer to this rising spate of crimes against women. Stars are not in position. Harm can come on a person if the stars are in adverse positions…We have no answer to this, only an astrologer can predict.”
January 8, 2012 – SP Leader Abu Azmi joined in by suggesting, “Women should not venture out with men who are not relatives. What is the need for roaming at night with men who are not relatives? This should be stopped. Such incidents (like the Delhi gang-rape) happen due to influence of western culture.” He attributed the rise in rape cases to “women wearing less clothes.” (READ: Yes rapes take place only in Bharat not in India)
January 6, 2012 – Spiritual guru Asaram Bapu preached, “Only 5-6 people are not the culprits. The victim daughter is as guilty as her rapists… She should have called the culprits brothers and begged before them to stop… This could have saved her dignity and life. Can one hand clap? I don’t think so.”  (READ: Delhi gang-rape victim should have called rapists bother: Asaram Bapu)
January 2, 2012 – Mr. Mohan Bhagwat, RSS Chief has this to say - ”Crimes against women happening in urban India are shameful. It is a dangerous trend. But such crimes won’t happen in ‘Bharat’ or the rural areas of the country. You go to villages and forests of the country and there will be no such incidents of gang-rape or sex crimes.” (READ: Rapes occur in India not in Bharat)
January 1, 2012 – Mr. Kailash Vijayvargiya, Minister (MP) (BJP) joined the chorus to blame women for sexual violence against them - ”One has to abide by certain moral limits. If you cross this limit, you will be punished, just like Sita was abducted by Ravana,” he told reporters.
December 27, 2012 – Mr. Abhijit Mukherjee, Indian president Mr. Pranab Mukherjee’s son and a Congress MP from Jangipur (West Bengal) described women protestors against Delhi gangrape as “highly dented and painted”. “This is almost like the Pink Revolution. These women who are protesting have no contact with ground reality,” he said. “Those who are coming in the name of students in the rallies, sundori, sundori mahila (beautiful women), highly dented and painted. I have seen them speak on television, usually women of this age are not students,” he added.
December 26, 2012, former minister Anisur Rehman (CPM) said, “I would like to ask Mamata what her rate will be if someone gets Rs. 20,000 after being raped.” He was referring to the West Bengal chief minister Mamta Banerjee’s recent announcement of compensation for a rape victim.
December 24, 2012, AP Congress Committee President Botsa Satyanarayana said, ”Do we roam in streets at midnight as we got Independence at midnight? It would have been better if the girl did not travel by a private bus at that time.” He was referring to the Delhi gangrape victim who died on December 29 due to brutal injuries inflicted on her body and brain.
Sanjay Nirupam (Congress) said this to Smriti Irani (BJP) during a TV debate: You used to dance for money in TV programmes till recently. Today you have become a poll analyst. (READ: Sanjay’s sexist remark on Smriti Irani)
Mulayam Singh Yadav on Women’s Reservation Bill: “Only girls and women from affluent families can progress…remember this..you (rural women) will not get a chance…Our rural women are not so attractive.” (READ: Mulayam doesn’t think unattractive women from village will gain anything from reservation bill)

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