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  1. Bengaluru molestation row: Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Azmi shocks, puts blame on women wearing ‘short dresses’

Bengaluru molestation row: Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Azmi shocks, puts blame on women wearing ‘short dresses’

In a shocking statement, Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Asim Azmi on Tuesday blamed 'short dresses' of women for the incident of mass molestation in Bengaluru on the New Year's Eve.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: January 3, 2017 3:46 PM
In a shocking statement, Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Asim Azmi on Tuesday blamed 'short dresses' of women for the incident of mass molestation in Bengaluru on the New Year's Eve. (Express Photo) In a shocking statement, Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Asim Azmi on Tuesday blamed ‘short dresses’ of women for the incident of mass molestation in Bengaluru on the New Year’s Eve. (Express Photo)

In a shocking statement, Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Asim Azmi on Tuesday blamed ‘short dresses’ of women for the incident of mass molestation in Bengaluru on the New Year’s Eve. In an offensive sexist remark, Azmi claimed, “It was bound to happen. Woman call nudity fashion. They were wearing short dresses,” according to TV reports. Asking women to ‘follow Indian culture’, Azmi said, “Women must step out with family.” Azmi said “it won’t be right for my sister or daughter to go out at night without male members of the family.”

Notably, Azmi is not the first one to blame the women for the unfortunate incident. Karnataka Home Minister G Parmeshwara reacted in a shocking manner to the incidents on Monday saying, “Such incidents do happen on New Year day and on Christmas. We take a lot of precautions.” Meanwhile, commenting on the incident, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, “Protecting modesty of women is duty of state government.

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“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 said, when asked about alleged harassment of women in Bangaluru during the New Year eve.

“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 told PTI.

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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.

Taking strong exception to Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara’s remarks that youngsters’ “western ways” were reason behind the incident of mass molestation in Bengaluru on the New Year Eve, the National Commission for Women (NCW) has issued notices to the minister and state police. NCW has taken suo motu cognisance of the incident. More than 15000 police officials were on duty on streets of the country’s technology capital and yet they failed to stop the hoodlums, saying they were outnumbered. This allowed hooligans to maul women who came to celebrate New Year with impunity.

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Yesterday, NCW chief Lalitha Kumaramangalam sought Parmeshwara’s resignation and apology to the women of the country for making such remarks. “Such remarks from the Home Minister is unacceptable and regrettable. I want to ask this Minister are Indian men so pathetic and weak that when they see a woman in Western clothes on a day of revelry, they get out of control? When will the Indian men learn to respect women? The Minister should apologise to the women of the country and resign,” Kumaramangalam said.

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This is not the first time that Azmi said such thing. Earlier his comments made on rape and women received flak from Women’s rights activists. “…If any woman whether married or unmarried, goes along with a man, with or without her consent, should be hanged. Both should be hanged,” Azmi had said. Abu Azmi faced flak for his comments from even his daughter-in-law, Ayesha Takia, who is an actress. Takia who is married to Azmi’s son Farhan tweeted that she and her husband were “deeply embarrassed” and “ashamed” by his remarks. She tweeted that she and her husband did not share Abu Azmi’s mindset.

(With agency inputs)

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