The Rape culture in India has become famous for its blame shifting and victim blaming trends. From blaming chowmein, Munni and Sheila to distressed denims the blame shifts upon everyone except the rapist. Politicians have garnered a reputation of putting their feet in their mouths. Politicians time and time again have left us dumbstruck and embarrassed from their nonsensical comments justifying rape and violence against women. Hilarious yet dangerous these comments come from people in power and its time we took them seriously
- “Earlier, if men and women would hold hands, they would get caught by parents and reprimanded, but now everything is so open. It’s like an open market with open options. Rapes happen because men and women interact freely,” said Mamata Banerjee, Trinamool Congress leader and West Bengal Chief Minister, in October 2012.
- “Boys make mistakes, why hang them?We will revoke the anti-rape laws,” said Mulayam Singh Yadav, Samajwadi Party leader, in April 2014. Too mulayam at heart, are you?
- “In the urban culture, where women are out with their boyfriends till late in the night skimpily dressed, rape instances are bound to be higher than in rural areas where women are mostly confined to their homes and are dressed properly.” said Samajwadi party MLA Abu Azmi on January 2013 in the context of the Delhi Nirbhaya gang rape case. Who let this man out of the confines of his home?
- “One small incident of rape in Delhi advertised world over is enough to cost us billions of dollars in terms of global tourism,” said Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister of India, in August 2014. Where’s the humanity, Mr. Arun?
- “To my understanding, consumption of fast food contributes to such incidents. Chowmein leads to hormonal imbalance evoking an urge to indulge in such acts,” said JitenderChhatar in October 2012. He is a khappanchayat leader of Chhatar village in Jind district of Haryana. *eye roll*
- “Such incidents [rapes] do not happen deliberately. These kind of incidents happen accidentally,” said Ramsevak Paikra, BJP MLA of Chhattisgarh in June 2014. “Where were you trying to put it? In her purse?”- Rachel Greene, FRIENDS
- “I have no hesitation in saying that about 90% of the girls consensually go with men and then they end up meeting criminal minds and become targets of rape,” said Dharamveer Goyat, senior Congress politician in Haryana state in October 2012. Can we start taking about the rapist already?
- “We should stop our girls from wearing jeans.” says khan panchayat leader, Ranvir Singh. He’s not the only one either. Hindu religious leader, Nischalananda Saraswati, blames Western fashion for crossing the “thin line of culture and values”.
- Missing the entire point of safe sex, CPI secretary Atul Kumar Anjan blames condom advertisements for infecting young minds with sexual images and ruining sensibilities.
- “Why do women need mobile phones? Our mothers, sisters and wives did not have mobile phones but they did not die because of it. If they could survive without mobile phones, why can’t women now?” Binay Bihari blamed mobile phones for giving people easy access to “obscene songs which pollute their minds.”
While the politicians of our country bring shame to our country and ideology, we urge women from all ages and sectors to stand up against victim blaming and bring an end to blame shifting once and for all. Every year the world celebrates Denim day on the 25th of April as a symbol to protest against the erroneous and destructive mindset against rape. Walk out tall and confident in your Jeans and show them that its a Woman’s World.