BJP MP Kirron Kher on Wednesday stirred a controversy by her bizarre statement over the Chandigarh rape case in which a 22-year-old girl was brutally gang-raped by three men in a moving auto-rickshaw.
While speaking to reporters in her home constituency Chandigarh, the BJP MPÂ said, â€œThe victim should have not boarded the auto rickshaw when she saw three men sitting in it.â€
Kherâ€™s statement didnâ€™t go down well with the Opposition and other sections of the society. The Congress party accused the ruling party MP of taking a â€œserious issueâ€ of women safety, lightly.
â€œI am amazed how she gave such a statement, It seems like a light take on a serious matter. She instead needed to tell how she is going to make Chandigarh a safer place for women,â€ Congress leader Pawan Kumar Bansal said.
Kirron Kherâ€™s statement also offended a large section of women who took to twitter to criticize her for â€œcensuring a woman rape victim.â€
See the attitude of the Lutyens elite of #BJP. A suit-boot ki sarkar will never understand what it feels like to be a woman stranded on a street & getting increasingly desperate with each passing minute because no public transport is in sight https://t.co/heYKEbmhNa #KirronKherâ€” Anna MM Vetticad (@annavetticad) November 30, 2017
One Sleeja Raut, a twitter user said, going by Kirron Kherâ€™s logic, the women should not leave their house. Another user Reema Roy said, â€œTthese are our ministers, Instead of making the cities safe, they lecture women!! â€
However, Kher defended her statement and said that she has â€œonly asked women to stay alert as the society now a days is not good and Politics should not be played here.â€
On November 27, a 22-year-old woman, hailing from Dehradun, was allegedly gang-raped by three men in a moving auto rickshaw.
The Chandigarh police have arrested all the three accused including the driver of the auto-rickshaw.