The man who said women should be punished for being raped, today blamed women for the mass molestation that occurred in Bengaluru on New Year's Eve.
Samajwadi Party’s Maharashtra unit chief Abu Azmi on Tuesday became the latest in a long list of politicians to indulge in victim blaming. The SP leader said that ‘nudity’ in women’s fashion was to blame for the Bengaluru molestation incidents on New Year’s Eve.
"In these modern times, the more women are naked, the more fashionable, modern and educated they are considered. And this is increasing in the country. This is a blot on our culture,” he said.
"In these modern times, the more skin women show, the more they are considered fashionable. If my sister or daughter stays out beyond sunset celebrating December 31 with a man who isn't their husband or brother, that's not right," said Azmi, who two years ago said women should be punished for being raped.
"Partying late night in half attire, blindly following western culture, has never been our culture. Ladies hailing from well-to-do families, be it from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan or UP, they come out in decent attire and mostly with their family members,” he further said.
"I am saying what happened is very unfortunate. Undoubtedly, making security arrangement to thwart any eventuality is police’s job. But, as far as Bengaluru molestation is concerned, women and their guardians must also take precautions and think that security starts at home. Our women must think about their own security themselves,” Azmi said.
"The women are pride of our family and country. Therefore, it is our duty to safeguard them. If we allow them to follow western culture blindly, then I am sorry to say that people will misbehave them in such ways,” the SP leader said.
Azmi also defended Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara who had stoked a controversy by blaming the youngsters’ ‘western ways’ for the incidents.
"He (Parameshwara) said the harsh reality. These kind of things do happen when women try to copy the westerners, not only in their mindset but even in their dressing,” he said.
Eyewitness accounts suggest that women were molested and groped and lewd remarks were also passed by miscreants late night on December 31 in a posh area of Bengaluru even as it was claimed that 1,500 police personnel had been deployed to control the crowds.