Chandigarh Stalking Case: Why was she out late at night, BJP leader asks, faces flak

Calling Bhatti’s comments “disgraceful”, BJP MP Kirron Kher told The Indian Express, “Every girl or boy is free to move out anytime of night. Let us not divert this into medieval mindsets.” Bhatti later said he had made a comment in the context of women’s safety at night

Written by Hina Rohtaki | Chandigarh | Updated: August 8, 2017 11:49 am
Congress, Chandigarh stalking case, Chandigarh kidnap attempt, IAS officer daughter kidnap attempt, BJP, Vikas Barala, Haryana BJP leader, Manohar Lal Khattar,Subramanian Swamy, Haryana IAS officer daughter kidnap, Congress, India news, Indian Express BJP leader said that parents must ensure “girls should not be seen roaming on roads after a certain hour in the evening”.

Commenting on the Chandigarh stalking case, Chandigarh BJP vice-president Ramveer Bhatti on Monday sparked a row with his comment that the “probability is higher for girls being stalked if they are out at odd hours”

Bhatti told CNN-News18 channel, “Such cases tend to occur…and the probability is higher for girls being stalked if they are out at odd hours.” He also said that parents must ensure “girls should not be seen roaming on roads after a certain hour in the evening”. Soon after the remarks were aired, BJP’s Chandigarh unit said they were his personal views, and “not that of the party’s”. Bhatti later said he had made a comment in the context of women’s safety at night, and that his intention was not to hurt anybody’s sentiments.

Calling Bhatti’s comments “disgraceful”, BJP MP Kirron Kher told The Indian Express, “Every girl or boy is free to move out anytime of night. Let us not divert this into medieval mindsets.” Earlier, without naming Bhatti, BJP Lok Sabha MP Anurag Thakur had tweeted: “I strongly condemn the eve teasing & stalking incident that has taken place. Men must learn to respect women & thr [their] individual space… Instead of questioning the girl why she ws [was] out at 12.30am, we must question those individuals & thr [their] mindset tht [that] leads to such harassment.”

Bhatti later said, “…bass, ye kaha tha ki bacche samay se jaayen, samay se aayen…ladkiyon ke liye nahi…bacchon ke liye kaha tha (I said children should return on time…it was not said specifically for girls…)”.

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App

  1. S
    suryabhan raina
    Aug 8, 2017 at 12:46 pm
    instead of asking a decorated officers daughter about her night out, you should your son what was he doing out so late at night. never expected such a comment from a senior leader. instead of telling her not to be out, tell your son to be inside of house at night. that would be more appropriate. and if u want to remain that conservative by thinking, leave politics,join khap panchayat that will be more approriate for you and you will have a great future in that.. and one more thing, remove the word social, democratic from the PREAMBLE, and big heavy words like social equality, and remove the clause from fundamental right that is no discrimination on the basis of caste creed and religion. only then that conservative ideology will be suited for our political system. please.
    (0)(0)
    Reply
    1. S
      suryabhan raina
      Aug 8, 2017 at 12:43 pm
      instead of asking a decorated officers daughter about her night out, you should your son what was he doing out so late at night. never expected such a comment from a senior leader. instead of telling her not to be out, tell your son to be inside of house at night. that would be more appropriate. and if u want to remain that conservative by thinking, leave politics,join khap panchayat that will be more approriate for you and you will have a great future in that.. and one more thing, remove the world social, democratic from the PREAMBLE, and big heavy words like social equality, and remove the clause from fundamental right that is no discrimination on the basis of caste creed and religion. only then that conservative ideology will be suited for our political system. please.
      (0)(0)
      Reply
      1. S
        suryabhan raina
        Aug 8, 2017 at 12:45 pm
        fundamental right ie no discrimination in the baseis of caste relight etc (correction)
        (0)(0)
        Reply
      2. Y
        Yash Pal
        Aug 8, 2017 at 11:43 am
        Do we have a right to ask 'why was he out late at night' or is it that the BJP will also decide curfew time for girls and others' right to question BJP's mentality. Any way, the mask is off BJP's carefully cultivated 'the party with a difference' slogan and all should beware of wolf in sheep's clothes.
        (0)(0)
        Reply
        1. A
          Amrita
          Aug 8, 2017 at 7:53 am
          The fight has just begun Vartika as everyone enters the fray with their opinions. Do not bother to counter these backwatd opinions. Stay focused and calm of mind. Do not be distracted by the comments or judgements people make on your life. Be a bit cautious. Stay safe. The system is dominantly patriarchical so cannot handle strong women more so if they are single and self reliant. Take a leaf from the Katara case.
          (0)(0)
          Reply
          1. Y
            Yash Pal
            Aug 8, 2017 at 11:51 am
            'The fight has just begun', well said. However, I do not agree with 'Do not bother to counter these backward opinions.' These backward opinions need to be countered at every step because the people running this campaign (against the lady) will employ every dirty trick to distract from the real issue and project the would be rapist as the victim. All of us ask 'why was he out late at night'. Is the BJP laying down curfew timings for girls? Anyway, the mask is off and the real face of BJP is visible.
            (0)(0)
            Reply