A shocking remark by a member of the Uttar Pradesh Women’s Commission has highlighted the deeply entrenched and gender issues plaguing Indian society.
Responding to a question about rising rape cases, Women’s Commission member Meena Kumari told reporters, “Girls should not be given mobile phones” as they “talk to boys and later run away with them”. “. He also called for round-the-clock policing of the girls.
She told reporters, “I appeal to parents not to give mobile phones to daughters… If they do, there should be regular checking of phones. All this (crimes against women) is due to the negligence of mothers. reason.”
“We, as parents and society, have to keep 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.. The girls would keep talking about him. Called and then he was lured away to marry.”
After her comments sparked controversy, Ms Kumari issued a clarification.
“My statement was 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. If used, they will run away with the boys.” ANI.
My statement has been misinterpreted. I actually said that parents should check whether their children are using mobile phones for studies or other purposes. I never said that girls use phones and run away with boys: Meena Kumari, member of the UP Women’s Commission pic.twitter.com/JKeQREaS1N
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) 10 June 2021
Ms Kumari insisted that she only spoke specifically about the girls because she had been told “about one such case”. She did not provide details of the matter, or how it might serve to support her statement.
Video snippets of Ms Kumar’s first quote have been widely shared online, with Delhi Commission for Women chairperson Swati Maliwal, among the most vehement critics.
“No madam, a phone in the hands of a girl is not a reason for rape. The reason for rape is a bad social system which affects the mentality of the criminals. Requesting the Prime Minister to sensitize all the members of the Commission for Women… Ms Maliwal tweeted.
“Send them to the Delhi Commission for a day… to see how we work. We will teach them,” he said.
The one who lost in the case of Girl Dum Hath rape is another. All women’s commissions are prepared in pregnancy, the working of a Delhi women’s commission is correctly defined, we! pic.twitter.com/yf1YxC8i6r
— Swati Maliwal (@SwatiJaiHind) 10 June 2021
Meena Kumari’s remarks come months after Chandramukhi Devi, a member of the National Commission for Women, said that the gang rape and murder of a 50-year-old woman in Uttar Pradesh’s Badaun could have been avoided had she not been out in the evening. Caste.
The comments were withdrawn after a furious outcry, including a scathing attack by Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who accused the NCW of victim-blaming.
With input from ANI