Even as the country is coming to terms with the horrific rape of a young photojournalist in Mumbai on August 22, actress and Member of Parliament, Hema Malini, has made a comment on the issue which might ruffle some feathers.
Speaking at a function, Hema said that women should not go anywhere alone as anything could happen to them if they do.
"Don't take it so easy and go anywhere you want. You can get caught," she said. Further, drawing an analogy she said, "Krishna would always come to protect Draupadi. We are not so spiritual that God will come to save."
At a time when women in the country are demanding more protection and safety for themselves and a change in perception of the mind set of the administrators and the society as a whole, this suggestion by the BJP MP might be seen as ill-timed.
The photojournalist was allegedly raped by five men in the Shakti Mills compound where she had gone for an assignment for a magazine in which she was interning. She was accompanied by a male friend. The perpetrators of the crime thrashed and tied the victim's male friend and took turns to rape the girl.
All the five accused have been arrested by the police, with the Maharashtra government handing over the case to be tried in a fast-track court.
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