Victim blaming in rape cases is becoming exceedingly “normal” across the world, with more and more leaders of social and political influence taking verbal liberties in placing the burden of the crime on rape victims.
The latest in foot- in-mouth statement on rape that has generated much global fury comes from the Ugandan Youth Affairs Minister, Ronald Kibuule. During a recent address in Kajara, Uganda, Kibuule has been quoted stating, “Rape victims who are dressed indecently have themselves to blame”.
The chauvinist minister further went on to say that the police should scrutinize each rape case referred to them to establish the victim's dress code, which if found “indecent” should result in charge against the victims for inviting the crime.
Commenting to the local media, later, Kibuule verified, “I have talked to the IGP and the police in Kampala to see that if a woman is raped they look at how she was dressed.”
Obviously he denied and said that he had been misquoted. To which the reporting media released the audio of the statement:
Minister Kibuule audio's recording, where he supports the rape of 'indecently dressed' women http://t.co/pUy4CWDEAB— Daily Monitor (@DailyMonitor) September 26, 2013
His comments have received strong criticism, especially on the web, where calls for his resignation and dismissal are pouring in from all over the world. An online petition has attracted tremendous support from netizens world over, and hashtags such as #KibuuleMustGo and #KibuuleOut are trending on Facebook and Twitter.
Many, in their discussions, referred to the Indian viral video “It's your fault” that takes a sarcastic stance on victim blaming.
Following the online uproar as well as political criticism, the Uganda Parliament has summoned Kibuule for an explanation in this regard.
Strong emotions that poured over the web:
#Kibuule's words despite support some Ugandans are inexcusable as they justify a heinous act. But that he denies them is equally bad.— Songa Samuel-Stone (@SongaStone) September 26, 2013
This #Kibuule man is hopeless & I say that even after listening to his audio! Mini skirts are NOT an invitation or intention to RAPE! Idiot.— *Mimmie Mugoya* (@mimzcadillac) September 26, 2013