New Delhi: A member of the National Commission for Women (NCW), Chandramukhi Devi, stoked controversy on Thursday by saying that the Badaun gangrape-and-murder incident, involving a 50-year-old Anganwadi worker, could have been avoided had the victim not ventured out in the evening.
Speaking to the media after meeting the family of the victim, she said, “Even under any influence, a woman should keep track of time, and should not venture out late. Perhaps, had the victim not gone out in the evening, or gone along with a family member, she could have been saved.”
Her remarks have kicked up a storm resulting in NCW chairperson, Rekha Sharma, clarifying that she does not know why her colleague had made the statement. Taking to Twitter, Sharma said:
No I don’t..I don’t know how and why the member has said this but women have all the right move on their will whenever and wherever they want to. It’s society and state’s duty to make places safe for women. https://t.co/WlG2DWs20G
— Rekha Sharma (@sharmarekha) January 7, 2021
The gangrape-and-murder of a 50-year-old woman in the Ughaiti area of Uttar Pradesh’s Badaun district on Sunday, January 3, by a local priest and his two accomplices has sparked outrage across the country.