As long as, a political leader like Mulayam Singh Yadav can normalise rape by saying 'dekhiye ladke hai, galti ho gayi' (boys are boys, they can make mistakes) there is only one curfew that can save the country and that would be on polling day so people cannot vote for such sexist politicians.
While the entire world was busy celebrating the International Women’s Day, wishing their loved ones and talking about women empowerment, BJP leader Maneka Gandhi gave a bizarre statement leaving everyone in the country, baffled. While speaking to NDTV, she said early curfews should be imposed in hostels to ensure security. “When you are 16 or 17 you are also hormonally very challenged. So to protect you from your own hormonal outbursts, perhaps a Lakshman rekha is drawn. It really is for your own safety,” Maneka said. So, here we are in the 21st century and the Union Cabinet Minister for Women and Child Development of India says a Lakshman rekha should be drawn to save girls and we were busy criticising Donald Trump for his sexist remarks.
In response to Maneka’s comments, protests were held in Delhi with female students from Jamia Millia Islamia, South Asian University, JNU, DU and Ambedkar University demanding a public apology but instead of accepting her mistake, she came out and told the Indian Express, “In my interview, I specifically said that these rules should apply to both boys and girls.” Now, this entire issue has nothing to do with someone’s age, gender or ‘hormonal outbursts’ but with a low thinking that still prevails in our society.
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Unfortunately, the problem isn’t with Maneka Gandhi but with most of the Indian politicians including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. During one of his rallies recently, UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav attacked BSP leader Mayawati by saying, “How much space does she want? Her party symbol is of an elephant so you can imagine how much space she wants.” While talking about the mass molestation, SP leader Abu Azmi said, “if there is sugar on the floor, ants won’t need an invitation to come and eat it.” BJP’s Vinay Katiyar was asked whether Priyanka Gandhi is a star campaigner for Congress and he replied, “There are so many other beautiful leaders in the country.”
Congress leader Dharambir Goyat said, “90% girls go with boys willingly and later call themselves rape victims.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a rally said, “Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, ‘despite’ being a woman bravely says she has zero tolerance for men.” The list of sexist remarks by the Indian politicians goes on and on but that ‘despite’ used by PM Modi sums it all. You can be misinterpreted by media once but Maneka Gandhi made a similar statement last year when she said marital rape is an exaggerated problem in India.
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So, Ms Maneka Gandhi, you can question the youngsters of this country and point fingers at them but they aren’t the real problem. As long as, a political leader like Mulayam Singh Yadav can normalise rape by saying ‘dekhiye ladke hai, galti ho gayi’ (boys are boys, they can make mistakes) there is only one curfew that can save the country and that would be on polling day so people cannot vote for such sexist politicians.