Some of our politicians never give up. Days after BJP MLA Pannalal Shakya drew flak for advising women to stop making boyfriends, another lawmaker from the party has echoed his views.
In the wake of bizarre statements, senior BJP leader from Bhopal and state president of party’s women front Lata Elkar spoke about making boyfriend is not a part of Indian culture and has been adopted from the western world. “Having a boyfriend is not our culture. It has been adopted from the western world. Many incidents happen due to such relations,” Elkar said.
The statement came just two days after of BJP MLA, who hails from Guna (Madhya Pradesh), Pannalal Shakya’s similar genius advice to women. “Why do girls have boyfriends? If they stop doing this, the atrocities against them will stop,” Shakya on Saturday said at an event at the government college.
He even wanted boys to refrain from embracing the “western culture of making girlfriends.” Shakya even finds that International Women’s Day is a foreign tradition.
This is not the first time when our politicians have tried to give their ‘valuable’ solutions to girls in order to avoid sexual harassment. Earlier Former Congress minister, Botsa Satyanarayana said:
Just because India achieved freedom at midnight does not mean that women can venture out after dark.
Even chair of the Chhattisgarh State Women Commission, Vibha Rao said:
Women display their bodies and indulge in various obscene activities. Women are unaware of the kind of message [their actions] generate.
On increased incidences of rapes in India Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Azmi said:
“In the urban culture, where women are out with their boyfriends till late in the night skimpily dressed, rape instances are bound to be higher than in rural areas where women are mostly confined to their homes and are dressed properly.”
These are just a few statements made by our politicians. Really wish if they stop making offensive and derogatory remarks against women and start taking suitable steps.