Even though we are living in 21st century, it is heart-breaking how our society tend to shame women for being raped. Recently when Goa’s chief minister, Pramod Sawant, shamed a 14-year-old for being raped, his statement didn’t sit well with many.
It is a matter of shame that rather than holding the perpetrators accountable, and taking measures for women safety, the Chief Minister decided to indulge in victim-shaming.
As per sources, on Wednesday, Sawant told the state assembly that the parents of teenagers need to introspect as to why their children hang out on the state’s beaches after dark. Sawant mentioned it in the response of opposition accusation of breakdown in the law and order situation in Goa, after two minor girls were allegedly raped on the popular Colva beach in South Goa on the night of July 24.
During the Monsoon Session of the state Assembly, the CM said:
“Ten children went for a party on the beach. Out of the 10, six returned home . The remaining four, including two boys and two girls, stayed on the beach the whole night. When a 14-year old girl spends the night on the beach, the parents too have to introspect, they too should be taking care…It is also our responsibility. Just because children are not listening (to their parents), we cannot leave all the responsibility to the police,”
Four persons, namely Asif Hateli, 21, Rajesh Mane, 33, Gajanand Chinchankar, 31, and Nitin Yabbal, 19, have been arrested in connection with the alleged rape incident. Meanwhile, the CM Sawant faced a lot of flak on social media for his inappropriate comment about shaming victim for being raped.
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