‘Is it necessary to go out after 6pm’, and other tips for women safety by NCP leader Asha Mirge

Later, Mirge apologised for her comment seen as “insensitive” by many people.

By: Express News Service | Nagpur | Updated: January 29, 2014 7:45 pm
Maharashtra Women Commission member Asha Mirje has said that women are themselves responsible for rape. (Courtesy: NCP Website) Maharashtra Women Commission member Asha Mirje has said that women are themselves responsible for rape. (Courtesy: NCP Website)

Asha Mirge is a women’s activist who carries a strange combination of conservative views on how a woman should behave publicly and a heart to support victim of sexual attack.

A month ago, the NCP activist and a practicing gynaecologist from Akola was nominated as member of Maharashtra Women’s Commission (MWC). At the party’s women’s wing programme here on Tuesday, she stirred a controversy adivising girls to dress up and conduct appropriately in public and not venture out at lonely places. She later apologised too.

It was Mirge, who doggedly pursued the matter of a 7-year old deaf and mute girl from Washim district of Vidarbha, who was allegedly raped by three men at a school in Hingoli district of Martathwada on January 13.

The victim was brought to Nagpur’s Government Medical College, where Mirge visited her along with NCP women’s wing chief Supriya Sule.

Three men Rajaram Bhagat (teacher), Jamil Patel (peon) and Pramod Kharat from Sharadchandra Pawar Muk Badhir Shala from Vedona village in Hingoli district of Marathwada, were arrested in connection with the alleged rape.

Incidentally, Mirge’s “advise” to girls came with Sule listening.

“Girls must realise that their body language and clothings must be appropriate. Was it necessary for Nirbhaya (Delhi rape victim) to go to cinema with a friend at 11 in the night? Was it necessary for the girl (woman journalist) to go to Shakti Mills in Mumbai at 6 pm? Four questions should be mulled before venturing out: where I am going, why, with whom and is is necessary for me to go there,” Mirge said.

She also cited a Marathi poem “Saavadh harini saavadh ga, kareel kunitari paaradh ga” (be alert, deer, someone might kill you) to buttress her point. “Why female deer, not nale, is advised in the poem to be alert,” she further asked.

She further said, “if the girl must still go out, she must be ready with a response to anything untoward that could happen. She must watch the people around her and their body language. Someone might call his accomplices. You will get time to run away from the spot.”

Sule reacted only saying, “the comments were personal views of Mirge.”

Mirge later told mediapersons at a press conference that she apologised for her comment seen as “insensitive” by many people.

“There were my personal views, borne out of my personal experience and from my interaction with many people. These are not MCW’s views. I apologise if they have hurt anyone. But I think just as it is time for men to change, it is also time for girls to think. It is, of course, desirable that gender equity demands that women must be safe under all circumstances. All I feel is that the girls should remain safe,” she said.

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    rajesh verma
    Jan 29, 2014 at 3:07 pm
    At the cost of being called insensitive, I think she is right. Police can not be everywhere and the criminals do not fear the law or punishment. So better be careful.
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    Mavala
    Jan 29, 2014 at 3:30 pm
    Why should she be penalized for airing her views - just 'coz it's not politically correct.
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    anon
    Jan 29, 2014 at 3:32 pm
    The working hours for women should be reduced from 6 PM to 5 PM, so that they can reach home in time.
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    Bhagwan Das
    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:26 pm
    She has a point and her views are worth considering.
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    San Jose
    Jan 29, 2014 at 3:33 pm
    Appalled by this lady's insensitive atude. I think she does not even know that many women work in BPOs and are out to work late at night.She is talking of a pre-independence era when women were told not to step out of their houses after 6 PM for many reasons, including the possibility of being abducted by mobs belonging to various communal gangs.She should keep her personal views to kitty parties.
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    G
    Jan 29, 2014 at 4:33 pm
    i can not beleive how many stupid people like her are in leadership positions. She should be fired immediately, to the least.
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    Ash
    Jan 29, 2014 at 2:12 pm
    We all know viruses kill. While we eradicate viruses it is common sense to take precaution. That’s all she said and in that sense I agree with her.
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    Jason
    Jan 29, 2014 at 3:05 pm
    I cant see anything wrong with her comment. Suppose, every parent who wants their children to be safe would advise so.How does this comment tantamount to gender bias?Of course, it is everyone's desire that people should be able to move around anywhere without fear at any time of the day or night. But we are not living in an ideal world and there are pervert people out there and one should behave and react to the prevailing situation.
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