NCP leader Asha Mirge’s bizarre argument: Women to blame for rape if they go out after the dark

Maharashtra Women Commission member Asha Mirje has said that women are themselves responsible for rape.

Updated: January 29, 2014 3:50 pm
Maharashtra Women Commission member Asha Mirje has said that women are themselves responsible for rape. (Photo: Reuters) Maharashtra Women Commission member Asha Mirje has said that women are themselves responsible for rape. (Photo: Reuters)

In what comes as an embarrassment for not only the Maharashtra government’s alliance partner NCP but also for women in general, Maharashtra Women Commission member Dr Asha Mirge has said that women are themselves responsible for rape.

Speaking at the NCP women wing gathering in Nagpur, Mirge said that three factors are responsible for rape on women – a woman’s dress, her behaviour and her presence at inappropriate places. According to the MCW member, these factors provoke incidents like rape.

“Girls should be very careful what they wear and at what time they move out in city. Their body language should not invite attention of the potential rapists lurking around the streets,”Mirge said on Wednesday.

Addressing NCP members, Mirje asked what was the need for Delhi braveheart of December 16 gangrape to go for movie at 11 in the night. She also questioned the prudence of Mumbai Shakti Mill gangrape survuior to go to such a deserted place at 6 pm.

Mirge said that every woman should ask herself if it is at all necessary for her to go when she intends to go. The MCW member also asked the girls to do an introspection of their dressing sense and hair style.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule, who heads NCP’s women wing, was present at the stage when Mirge made the remark.

The Congress, however, distanced herself from Mirje’s remarks. Party leader Rita Bahuguna said that Mirge’s remark was not party’s opinion and such statements were unacceptable.

However, Mirge later apologised for her statements and demanded strict punishment for the culprits in rape cases

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    indian
    Feb 7, 2014 at 6:21 am
    even u are a women ......and an important political leader i hope u understand the meaning of whatever statement u made ...i hope people should think twice before voting u for any representation as a leader ...how unsensitive u can be...with all those old thoughts who still think men are superior and can do whatever they want....
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      Mohan
      Jan 29, 2014 at 8:15 am
      The member must be sacked. Apology after such comments has no meaning.
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        raju
        Jan 29, 2014 at 10:52 am
        We need rational women folks rather than conservative women in high offices to protect women.
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          Satya
          Jan 29, 2014 at 5:14 pm
          I don't know how many will agree with me but I wish to say something here.. don't come to a conclusion that am supporting somebody or something. Please read with open mind and let me know what you feel. I am ready to accept if you have a valid point.it is a fact that women have the right to go anywhere and do whatever they want and wear anything they wish but for a sec if you are really a well wisher or parent of a woman don't you think the questions she raised makes some sense?why I agree with her partially is simple, you cannot change the society in a day or two.. you cannot change the mindset of animals who call themselves men. there are thieves around us waiting for a chance to steal whatever they can.. how much care do you take when you have lot of cash and valuable things like jeweller with you? how many times do you think whether to take that path or not and about possible situations you may encounter and how to avoid or react and respond if any thief approaches you and tries to grab your suitcase or wallet or handbag?it doesn't work if one points fingers at govt and police or society and say change the mindset of thieves and see that nobody robs anybody. mind you am not supporting rap**** but you must remember one fact here, rap*** and thieves are everywhere and it takes lot of time in educating and taking necessary steps to get to a day where no such incident happens but in the meanwhile it is OUR responsibility to take minimum precautions from your side. there is no use blaming the police or government later. ask honestly how many times you would have asked questions similar to the one she asked before letting you dear ones go out? if you have never asked then you are either too reckless or too much confident that every man out there is a human being.
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            Satya
            Jan 29, 2014 at 5:15 pm
            I don't know how many will agree with me but I wish to say something here.. don't come to a conclusion that am supporting somebody or something. Please read with open mind and let me know what you feel. I am ready to accept if you have a valid point.it is a fact that women have the right to go anywhere and do whatever they want and wear anything they wish but for a sec if you are really a well wisher or parent of a woman don't you think the questions she raised makes some sense?why I agree with her partially is simple, you cannot change the society in a day or two.. you cannot change the mindset of animals who call themselves men. there are thieves around us waiting for a chance to steal whatever they can.. how much care do you take when you have lot of cash and valuable things like jeweller with you? how many times do you think whether to take that path or not and about possible situations you may encounter and how to avoid or react and respond if any thief approaches you and tries to grab your suitcase or wallet or handbag?it doesn't work if one points fingers at govt and police or society and say change the mindset of thieves and see that nobody robs anybody. mind you am not supporting rapists but you must remember one fact here, rapists and thieves are everywhere and it takes lot of time in educating and taking necessary steps to get to a day where no such incident happens but in the meanwhile it is OUR responsibility to take minimum precautions from your side. there is no use blaming the police or government later. ask honestly how many times you would have asked questions similar to the one she asked before letting you dear ones go out? if you have never asked then you are either too reckless or too much confident that every man out there is a human being.
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