Girls need curfew to protect them from their own hormonal outbursts: Maneka Gandhi

Maneka Gandhi was responding to questions on safety of women on and off campus.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 7, 2017 2:48 pm
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Maneka Gandhi, Union Minister for Women & Child Development, Monday said girls of 16 and 17 years of age shouldn’t be allowed to go out late at night for their own safety as they have ‘hormonal outbursts’ and  are ‘hormonally very challenged’. Maneka was talking to NDTV and responding to the question why girls should have a night curfew and boys shouldn’t. She told the news channel, “As a parent who’s sending a daughter to a college – or a son – I would expect her and him to be protected. And perhaps one of the protections is against themselves. 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.”

She also said that boys should have the same deadlines as the girls when she was asked why the two should be treated differently. “Yes, so maybe the same deadlines should be there for both boys and girls… Why should the boys be allowed to wander about in the campus after 6’o-clock? Let them also stay in and do their work,” she said.

On being asked whether increasing security measures could help in mobility of women, she said that stick wielding guards cannot do anything to help the women. “No, not by two Bihari gentlemen at gate with dandas (sticks). It has to be solved literally by giving time limits for everything…. Give them (boys) two nights to go to the library and two nights for girls — if you want to go to library, that is,” she said.

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    Sadanand Patwardhan
    Mar 7, 2017 at 11:58 am
    She is probably talking of her own experience. But such generalisations won't do. Moreover, do these "hormonal outbursts stop on crossing the लक्ष्मणरेषा of 18 years on earth. Ridiculous. No one should runaway with need for caution or precaution thus.
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    jagadesh babu
    Mar 7, 2017 at 10:37 am
    She mentioned the same rules for boys and girls...This is incorrect reporting...its is shameful to not report all the facts in the right way
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    Sammy Gill
    Mar 8, 2017 at 12:10 am
    Lady seems to have forgotten her own growing up days and what more seriously she is saying is ," Accepting that society is not safe, roads and public places are not safe for girls." lt;br/gt;This is strange !
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    Sammy Gill
    Mar 8, 2017 at 12:13 am
    You should be write or tweet the writer if you think what she has said is not reported correctly but I am reacting over what is being reported here ! lt;br/gt;If she has said anything about BOTH - I can understand that and can say, this is right. Teens should not be out on their own after sunset and this is a generalized rule but if she is talking about girls only....then statement has different sound and color.