Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Babulal Gaur believes the crime rate in Chennai is less because women wear “full clothes” and are religious. The octogenarian minister recently visited the city to understand how the police commissioner system functions since there is a demand to introduce it in his state.
“Vaha mahilaen pure kapde pehenti hai, sari ho chahe salawar (Women wear full clothes there; be it a sari or a salwar),” the former CM said while inaugurating a police station in Bhopal.
Gaur added that the crime rate in Chennai was low because people there are religious and sport a tika on their forehead. Congress leader Priya Thakur slammed Gaur’s comments, saying it amounted to blaming women in MP for crimes against them.
Congress vice-president Manak Agrawal said, “Different states have different cultural, social and geographic conditions. Drawing such comparisons amounts to ignorance.” He added that women were free to dress how they want.