Twitterati fumes over Kirron Kher’s victim-shaming remark
Chandigarh [India], Nov 30 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Kirron Kher on Thursday drew wrath on the social media for her remark against Chandigarh gang-rape victim. The BJP MP invited the backlash after she quipped that the Chandigarh gang-rape victim could have averted the incident by using her 'common sense'. Kher was alluding to an incident where a 21-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped by three men while returning home in an auto-rickshaw on November 17 The Twitterati, including Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal, vented their ire at the parliamentarian for her insensitive and victim-shaming remark. Expressing her rage, Maliwal said, "Victim shaming and blaming by woman MP @kirronkherBJP. Pathetic! Sorry but unlike some, survivor may not be able 2 afford luxury of a car! So many times, most of us have been stuck without transport and end up sharing vehicles. How does it make one responsible 4 wrong act by others?" Another Twitter user asked Kher to resign for defending the rapists. Another Twitter user said that her statement was a "slap on the face of every woman who risks going out there to make a life for themselves." The Twitter bashing did not stop here. Speaking at a press conference here, Kher on Wednesday said that the woman, who was allegedly gang-raped by an autodriver and his two accomplices, should have applied common sense and not boarded the vehicle as three men were already sitting inside it. "Bachchi ki samajhdaari ko bhi main thoda sa kehna chahti hun. saari bachiyon ko.. ki already jab koi teen aadmi baithe hue hain uske andar. to aapko usme bethna nahi chahiye tha..I am saying this to protect the girls...," Kher opined.
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