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India’s insensitive political class: Who said what after Delhi gang-rape

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  • Jan 04, 2013, 21:33 PM IST
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New Delhi: At a time when the 'sensitive and responsible' common masses manifested their support for the 23-year old gang-rape victim, who later died due to injuries inflicted upon her by the six rapists, the political class and opinion leaders - be it men or women - did not care about emotions and trauma the victim's family faced and issued derogatory, insensitive and offensive remarks on various occasions throughout the country.

Following are some of the most controversial statements made after the December 16 gang rape incident where the paramedical student was gang raped, her friend thrashed, stripped and thrown out of moving bus in the national capital.

Sushma Swaraj, leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha called the rape victim, who was battling for her life in the hospital at that time, a - zinda lash - “living corpse.” This angered many activists and rape survivors.

“Even if the 23-year-old survived, she would be a living corpse, traumatized for life,” Sushma had said during a debate in the Parliament.

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Dr. Anita Shukla, an agricultural scientist, held the victim responsible for the gang-rape in the national capital.

Continuing with her blames she said, ‘Women instigate men to commit such crimes'. She accused the victim of being insensible as she was out of her house after 10 pm.

‘The victim should have surrendered when surrounded by six men, at least it could have saved her intestines,' Dr Shukla had said.

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Kailash Vijayvargiya, a minister in the Madhya Pradesh Government, quoted a metaphor from a Hindu epic Ramayana to say that women should not cross limits.

“There is only one phrase for this and that is ‘moral limit’; there is a lakshman rekha [a line] for every person, when that is crossed then the demon-king Raavan will abduct Goddess Sita,” he said, quoting from the Ramayana.

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RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said at a public meeting in eastern India on Tuesday that rape was an urban phenomenon.

“You go to villages and forests of the country and there will be no such incidents of gang-rape or sex crimes. They are prevalent in some urban belts,” Bhagwat said.

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Anisur Rahman, a West Bengal MLA, criticized the female chief minister of the state Mamata Bannerjee for announcing compensation for rape survivors. 

“We ask, Didimoni, what is your fee? How much will you take for getting raped?’’ Rahman said.

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Indian President Pranab Mukherjee's son Abhijit Mukherjee said the anti-rape protesters were “highly dented and painted” women, a reference to their make-up. He then added that the protesters go “from discos to demonstrations.”

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Kakoli Ghose Dastidar of TMC in West Bengal had said that a rape incident that shook the state government in West Bengal in February was not rape at all, but described it as a deal gone wrong.

“That was a different case altogether. That was not at all a rape case,” Dastidar said.

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BJP MLA from Rajasthan Banwari Lal Singhal had written a letter to top bureaucrat in the state government demanding girls should be banned from wearing skirts to school.

“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,” Singhal had said.

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