Chandigarh Gangrape: Kirron Kher receives backlash for her victim-blaming comment, issues 'clarification'

Kirron Kher received severe backlash on social media for blaming the rape survivor.

BJP MP and actor Kirron Kher has received a severe backlash on social media for blaming the Chandigarh gang-rape survivor. She suggested that the girl shouldn’t have boarded an auto rickshaw when there were already three men sitting inside.

The incident took place on November 17 when a 22-year-old was allegedly raped by an auto driver and his two accomplices. According to the Indian Express, the girl, a Dehradun resident, was returning to her PG accommodation in Mohali after completing her stenography classes in Sector 37. She took a shared auto, in which two men were already sitting. The auto driver and his two accomplices raped the girl and dumped her in Sector 53.

Addressing a press meet on November 29 on the incident, Kirron Kher said that “girls need to be careful”. Her statement garnered a lot of criticism on Twitter and Facebook. The opposition has also slammed her.


After getting lambasted on social media, Kirron Kher has issued a standard clarification through her Facebook page saying ‘her statement was taken out of context, was selectively reported and gravely politicised’. She said,

I strongly believe that women safety is an enduring and continuous process in our country. Yesterday, my statement about the gang rape in Chandigarh, was taken out of context, selectively reported, and gravely politicised- all of which distracted from the real message I wanted to send out to the girls, as a woman, as a mother, and as their representative in the Parliament…”

Read her entire statement here.

But Mrs Kher, the damage has already been done.

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