Mysuru gangrape: Women from all walks of life dissapointed with K'taka Home Minister's irresponsible statemen
After the infamous Mysuru gangrape incident and Home Minister's irresponsible statement shaming the victim and targeting Congress, women from all walks of life expressed disappointment. While some say the minister has insulted the victim, others demand resignation. BJP women leader also has distanced herself from Araga Jnanedra's statement.
Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanedra not only landed himself in trouble with an irresponsible statement on the shameful gangrape incident in Mysuru but he also has caused blot on the party.
Yesterday while responding to reporters, the minister said, why did the women (victim) go at that time? And he also attacked Congress saying the grand old party will use this issue to 'rape him'.
Following thes statements, women from different walks of life expressed disappointment.
Lavanya Ballal, AICC spokesperson expressing shock over such a statement said that the minister does not understand the implication of his statement. The minister is supposed to keep the public safe, and is not supposed to resort to 'victim shame'.
She further added by saying that, the minister Araga Jnanedra has used the 'rape' word so lightly without understanding the trauma the victims go through all through out their life. To use those words shows his incompetence and his insensitivity. It is time he resigns and goes home.
Echoing similar sentiments, transgender activist Akkai Padmashali said the statement by the minister shows that this government is incapable to protect women who are vulnerable. In her observation, the current Karnataka government is impotent.
She said the minister cannot question people moving at any given point in time, all the home departments should give protection. She held both the Mysuru police and Home Minister responsible and demanded the resignation of the concerned authority and Minister.
Geeta Memon from Stree Jagruti Samiti, opined that by making such a statement the minister is not just shaming the victim further, but also encouraging the rapists and the patriarchal mindset.
BJP leader and spokesperson Tejaswini Gowda who is also the womaan face of BJP in south Karnataka not just condemned but also defended the minister saying that he has withdrawn his statement. "The CM has expressed dissent over the statement and the party also expressed similar sentiments against the reaction. The minister has now expressed regret, there ends the matter," said Tejaswini Gowda.
Independent activist Mamata Gamana from Anekal in Bengaluru outskirts says that not just home minister Araga Jnanedra, but all leaders speak about respect and protection to women only on stage, but in reality, they let women down. "Araga Jnanedra is unfit to be the home minister," she said.
Yesterday while reacting to the press over the shocking incident of gangrape in Mysuru on Tuesday, the minister had questioned why did the women go at that time. He also said that with this issue now Congress will rape him. Immediately after this statement was condemned statewide, protests erupted.
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