Are there openly anti-feminist politicians?
These remarks made by various Indian politicians after rape incidents prove it:
- Om Prakash Chautala, Indian National Lok Dal leader, former Chief Minister of Haryana:
"We should learn from the past... specially in Mughal era, people used to marry their (young) girls to save them from Mughal atrocities and currently a similar situation is arising in the state. I think that's the reason khap has taken such a decision and I support it."
(The decision referred to here is ‘girls should be married early to prevent rapes')
- Mamata Banerjee, All India Trinamool Congress founder and Chief Minister of West Bengal:
"Earlier if men and women would hold hands, they would get caught by parents and reprimanded but now everything is so open. It's like an open market with open options. Rapes happen because men and women interact freely."
- Dharamvir Goyat, Haryana Pradesh Congress committee member:
"If we go into the details of rape cases and abductions, it is found that victims and accused in 90% of cases are runaway couples. So the cases are consensual"
- Botcha Satyanarayana, Andhra Pradesh Congress Party leader:
"Just because the country attained independence at midnight, is it proper for women moving at midnight? women should consider the timing and conditions while going out late. They should ensure that there is adequate number of passengers while boarding a private bus,"
- Jitender Chhatar, Khap Panchayat leader:
"Chowmein leads to hormonal imbalance, evoking an urge to indulge in acts such as rape and sex. You also know the impact of chowmein, which is a spicy food, on our body. Hence, our elders too advised to eat light and nutritious food."
(This one is my personal favourite)
- Mohan Bhagwat, Chief of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh:
"Crimes against women happening in urban India are shameful. It is a dangerous trend. But such crimes won't happen in ‘Bharat' or the rural areas of the country. You go to villages and forests of the country and there will be no such incidents of gang-rape or sex crimes."
- Kailash Vijayvargiya, current National General Secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party:
"There is a moral limit, which should not be breached, and if it is breached, one must understand that Ravana is watching and then Sita is bound to be abducted..."
- Asha Mirje, Nationalist Congress Party leader:
"Rapes take place also because of a woman's clothes, her behaviour and her presence at inappropriate places."
- Abu Azmi, Samajwadi Party leader and member of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly:
"If a woman is caught (in a rape case), then both she and the boy should be punished. In India, there is death penalty for rape, but when there's consensual sex outside marriage, there's no death penalty against women."
"The more nudity, the more a girl is considered fashionable. Ants will swarm the place where sugar is."
- Babulal Gaur, Bharatiya Janata Party leader and ex-Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh:
"This is a social crime which depends on men and women. Sometimes it's right, sometimes it's wrong."
- Mulayam Singh Yadav, Samajwadi Party, ex-Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh:
"Often if one person commits rape, four people are named in the complaint. Four people are named for rape, can it be possible? It is not practical. They probably say one was watching...another was there... If there are four brothers, then all four are named."
"Boys and girls... later they had differences, and the girl went and gave a statement that I have been raped. And then the poor fellows, three of them have been sentenced to death. Should rape cases lead to hanging? Boys are boys, they make mistakes. Two or three have been given the death sentence in Mumbai. We will try and change such laws...we will also ensure punishment of those who report false cases."
- K J George, Indian National Congress member and former Home Minister of Karnataka:
"How can you say gangrape? Gangrape means four-five people."
- Nanki Ram Kanwar, Chhattisgarh Home Minister:
"Harm can come on a person if the stars are in adverse positions...We have no answer to this, only an astrologer can predict."
- Ram Gopal Yadav, Samajwadi Party leader and Mulayam Singh Yadav's brother:
"Vulgarity, obscenity and violence shown on TV channels. In many places, when the relationship between girls and boys comes out in open, it is termed as rape. Uttar Pradesh is being deliberately targeted. Such incidents are happening everywhere."
- Arun Jaitley, current Finance Minister of India:
"One small incident of rape in Delhi advertised world over is enough to cost us billions of dollars in terms of global tourism."
- Babulal Gaur Yadav, former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh:
"This is a social crime which depends on men and women. Sometimes it's right, sometimes it's wrong... Until there's a complaint, nothing can happen."
- Ramveer Bhatti, Haryana BJP Deputy President:
"The girl should not have gone out at 12 in the night. Why was she driving so late in the night? The atmosphere is not right. We need to take care of ourselves"
- Sunil Kumar, SHO, Ghazipur, Delhi-NCR:
"Go to a pub in Greater Kailash, South Delhi, where there's free entry for girls. You'll find those who want to do ‘it' for a thousand rupees. they'll drink and also have sex with you. But the day, someone uses ‘it' (force), it's rape.
- Dipak Haldar, TMC MLA:
"As long as the Earth exists, there will be rapes. Rapes have happened in the past, and will continue to happen"
- Manoharlal Khattar, Chief Minister of Haryana:
"If a girl is dressed decently, a boy will not look at her in the wrong way. If you want freedom, why don't they just roam around naked? Freedom has to be limited. These short clothes are western influences. Our country's tradition asks girls to dress decently."
- Ramesh Bais, BJP MP:
"The rape of grown-up girls and women might be understandable but if someone does this to an infant, it is a heinous crime and the offenders should be hanged"
- K.S. Eshwarappa, former Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister:
"You are a woman, you are here now, if someone drags you and rapes you, we opposition people will be somewhere else. What can we do?"
- Ramsevak Paikra, Chhattisgarh Home Minister:
"Such incidents (rapes) do not happen deliberately. These kind of incidents happen accidentally,"
- Satyadev Katare, Congress leader:
"A man only starts harassing a woman after she gives suggestive looks"
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