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NCW asks Dr Asha Mirge to clarify comments on rape

Thursday, 30 January 2014 - 11:00am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

After she kicked off a furore by blaming the conduct and clothing of women for a spike in rape cases, Maharashtra Women’s Commission member Dr Asha Mirge apologised for her remarks and said she was only asking girls to be on their guard. The National Commission for Women (NCW) has sent a notice to Mirge to clarify her outrageous comments which reflected her insensitivity towards a serious issue. Mirge has been asked to reply in a week.
“I was actually asking girls to be on their guard. I am sorry if I have hurt anybody’s sentiments,” Mirage, who is a medical practioner from Akola, told dna. Mirge, an NCP functionary, had made the comments during a party conclave in Nagpur blaming a girl’s behaviour, clothing and tendency to visit secluded places as among the reasons for girls being targeted.
Mirge spoke at NCP’s youth wing convention where she shared the dais with party chief Sharad Pawar’s MP daughter Supriya Sule.
She had also referred to the Delhi gang rape and Shakti mill gang rape in Mumbai.
Activists working for empowerment of women expressed outrage at the statement and condemned “a thought such as this” from a women’s panel member.
The women’s commission is supposed to protect the rights and dignity of women.

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