Even as Tapas Pal tendered an apology on Tuesday for his statements inciting rape against women from CPI-M in Bengal, Mumbai's own leaders grapple with male chauvinism and gender violence. City daily Mid-Day reported on Wednesday that a Shiv Sena MLA, Prakash Bala Sawant, was booked on Tuesday for threatening to “strip and thrash” an elderly woman.
However, unlike the TMC and Mamata Banerjee who came out against Pal's statements, Shiv Sena workers came out in large numbers to support Sawant.
In an ongoing fight over the redevelopment of a housing society, the MLA from Bandra East, on Monday, is believed to have allegedly told a woman, “I will strip you in front of everyone and beat you up.” An FIR has been registered with the Kherwadi police station. This isn't the first such accusation against Sawant. He has been accused of similar behaviour with women on an earlier occasion.
However, following the complaint, hundreds of Shiv Sainiks gathered at the police station in agitation, the report stated.
As shocking as Prakash Bala Sawant and Tapas Pal's behaviour towards women is, it is reflective of the stock of India's deteriorating political leadership. These, among others such as Mulyam Singh Yadav and Abu Azmi, are setting dangerous precedents in violations of women's rights and dignities. Only yesterday, BJP's Goa Minister spoke out against women who wear mini skirts and go to pubs. He agreed with Sri Ram Sene Chief Pramod Muthalik, who hit the headlines after his organisation attacked people going to pubs in Mangalore in 2009.
Even as misogyny seems to become the standing norm for India, it is remains to be seen how the Shiv Sena chief will react to this incidence considering his own stance on women upliftment.
Shiv Sena must take stern action against MLA Prakash Sawant,this language is unacceptable and is the anti-thesis of Maharashtra Dharma!
— Ruben Mascarenhas (@rubenmasc) July 2, 2014
PWD Minister Sudin Dhavalikar says ban bikinis while Shiv Sena MLA Prakash Bala Sawant wants to strip women.Put these morons in one team.
— José Covaco (@HoeZaay) July 2, 2014
Hey Mumbai - you voted for this guy? Shiv Sena MLA Prakash Bala Sawant threatens woman he will strip her in public.
— Macaulayputri (@rupagulab) July 2, 2014
And Prakash Sawant, Shiv Sena MLA, is the new Tapas Paul.
— atiya zaidi (@atiyaz) July 2, 2014
No outrage after Modi-ally Shiv Sena MLA outrages the modesty of a lady... No channel reporting abt it n we cal them free media !!!
— SAARCSatelite Zishan (@zishansays) July 2, 2014