Mass molestation in Bengaluru on the New Year’s Eve, politicians blame women for it (their short skirts and copying western culture). Bollywood reacts.
Ever since the shameless incident of mass molestation happened on New Years Eve, and with politicians blaming women for it, there has been a huge outcry on social media.
Several Bollywood celebrities have spoken about the incident. Model-actress Malaika Arora Khan (ex-wife of Arbaaz Khan) recently posted a powerful message, taking a dig at all the misogynists (who’re strongly prejudiced against women).
Girls wearing short clothes copying Western culture, Boys who molest them are copying Indian culture?
Question raised by Malaika Arora Khan, post the mass-molestation in Bengaluru; This is what Malaika posted on Instagram.
So, I went out with my girlfriends to party on the crowded streets of a Metropolitan city, they came out in large numbers and molested us…… But my safety is my responsibility so… The next time I went to a discotheque, it was enclosed and had bouncers, they came into the place and beat us up and ripped our clothes off…….But my safety is my responsibility so…. I went to a movie with a Male friend for company, they pushed me into a bus and shoved an iron rod inside my privates…….But my safety is my responsibility, so…… I went to my college, fully clad in a “decent” salwaar kameez, they caught me around a corner and squeezed my bum……But my safety is my responsibility, so…… I decided to stay at home in the comfort of my own house, they broke down the door, tied me up and videotaped the things they made me do with them…….But my safety is my responsibility, so…… I went back to live with my family feeling safe and secure with them, they were my uncles but they didn’t think of me as their niece when they made me take off my clothes and have their way with me…….But my safety is my responsibility, so……. These days I sit in the bathroom, locked tight, not coming out at all. They stand on the terrace opposite to it peeking in through the bathroom window, but I don’t take a bath…….because my safety is my responsibility……. Now, they have me exactly where they have always wanted me, my spirit broken, my ability to fight back gone, my will to do something destroyed…..at their mercy…..still stuck in the bathroom…..dreading the time when the knocking starts on the door as they come to get me here too.
I am that Indian Woman who can excel at sports, win medals for the Country, join the Army, become a CEO, go to the outer space and be the talk of the world…..only if I can come out of this bathroom……But my safety is my responsibility, so…. Disclaimer: Girls wearing short clothes and drinking and partying are copying the Western culture.Boys who molest them r copying the Indian culture???
Initially only one woman was thought to have been molested in Bengaluru (Bangalore), but later reports suggested that there was mass molestation by drunk miscreants in Bengaluru on the New Year’s Eve…and that too after 1500 police officials were posted for security!
While there was definitely a serious lapse in security, it seems some of the politicians still think that its the women are to be blamed.
That’s what Samajwadi party MLA Abu Asim Azmi (father-in-law of Bollywood actress Ayesha Takia) did by blaming the short dresses of women for the incident.
Azmi said the incident was bound to happen as the women were wearing short dresses. Earlier, Karnataka Home Minister G. Parameshwara blamed women for dressing provocatively and inviting harassment.
Abu Azmi compared women with petrol saying, “You have to keep petrol away from fire. And if there is sugar, ants will come automatically to it.” He further added, “In today’s world, the more a woman is nude, the more she is considered modern and educated. Such things are on rise in the country. Western culture is a black spot on country’s culture and it should be stopped at the earliest. And we need to focus on our famous Indian culture.”
“Women must step out with family. It won’t be right for my sister or daughter to go out at night without male members of the family. Partying late night in half attire, blindly following western culture, has never been our culture. Ladies hailing from well-to-do families, be it from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan or UP, they come out in decent attire and mostly with their family members. I am saying what happened is very unfortunate. Undoubtedly, making security arrangement to thwart any eventuality is police’s job. But, as far as Bengaluru molestation is concerned, women and their guardians must also take precautions and think that security starts at home. Our women must think about their own security themselves,” Azmi told the media.
Bollywood was quick to react. Here are some of the tweets by Bollywood celebrities criticizing Abu Azmi for his sexist comments.
The Bangalore incident makes me feel we r evolving backwards,from humans to animals,rather beasts coz even animals are better!Truly shameful pic.twitter.com/FJwJ80Mkby
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) January 5, 2017
I wish we had invited him for a special screening of #Pink or let me buy a ticket for him to see! https://t.co/vVQJOgk0YW
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) January 3, 2017
Women should not dress like westerners b'coz men dressed like westerners are molesters, says the man in the shirt.#oxy(deprived)morons
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) January 3, 2017
Argggh how this angers me.Sir punish the criminals not the victims. Women can wear what they want it's their choice. https://t.co/HSpRjlRq8A
— Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) January 3, 2017
Few years back Azmi had said, “If any woman, whether married or unmarried, goes along with a man, with or without her consent, she should be hanged. Both should be hanged. In India, nothing happens to women, only to men. Even the woman is guilty.”
In the past, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav had made an controversial statement saying it was wrong to give capital punishment to rapists involved in gang rape, adding that boys make mistakes at times.