Womens’ rights panel chief condemns minister’s rape remark

New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal on Friday said she was shocked at Uttar Pradesh Minister Azam Khan’s remark to a rape victim, and politicians should think of their mothers and sisters before making insensitive statements.

At an event in Kanpur on Thursday, a woman, who was allegedly raped in a moving car four months ago, sought the help of Uttar Pradesh’s urban development minister as the investigation aws moving at a slow pace and the accused were roaming free.

Azam Khan told her: “Agar aap badnami ko itni shohrat dengi, toh zamane ko apni shakal kaise dikhayengi? (If you rake up such a shameful matter, how will you have a face to live in the society)”.

Enraged at the statement, Maliwal tweeted: “Politicians should exercise caution on such sensitive issues and should think of their mothers and sisters before showing insensitivity.”

She said political leaders should support a victim’s struggle for justice.

Maliwal said: “(I am) shocked by Azam Khan’s comments on a woman raped in a moving car whose husband was stabbed. How can he tell a rape victim that her struggle is publicity stunt which will bring her disgrace and she’ll not be able to show her face!”


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