JournalismPakistan.com March 20, 2013
There is stupid and then there is rank downright nuts. The guy has to be kidding. The Home Minister of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh where a Swiss tourist was raped by five farmers has blamed the victim for not informing the police of her whereabouts. Is that a reason to get raped, Mr. Uma Shankar Gupta, what sort of leader are you?
It is bad enough the country is getting such a terrible reputation for the lack of safety for women without these cretins in power talking rubbish. Look, crime occurs everywhere. But when it does then that nation’s legal systems make the effort to put the bloody mess right. Not make it worse with stupid comments. How, Sir, could it be her fault that five young men tied up her husband and raped her in front of him even as they camped in the woods like any bikers would.
Are you saying that an Indian woman who does not report her whereabouts to the police would not have been raped? And what would the cops have done…tell us, where in India do you trot off to the cops to tell them you are camping the woods and erecting a tent, so are we safe now? Nighty night.
If anything, the Home Minister should be suspended. Look at his advice: everyone foreigner coming to India must tell the cops where they are so their safety is ensured. What complete nonsense and how can these elected servants of the people be allowed to say such things.
Here is the fellow’s sound bite; read between the lines and you will cringe with shame.
"What happened is unfortunate for our nation. When foreign tourists come, they should inform the SP (Superintendent of Police) about their plans. This is the system but it is not being followed," he said.
The Minister then said they will be taking steps to ensure such incidents do not recur. Really, really? Gee, Sir, you fill us with hope.
Meanwhile not a whimper from the New Delhi conclave of political bandits who were so gung ho about the girl raped in a bus. What, Swiss women being white women are fair game…that is racism in reverse and revolting.
(The writer is a Senior Editorial Advisor of Khaleej Times and the paper’s former Editor. He has also been the Editor of Gulf News, Gulf Today, Emirates Today and Bahrain Tribune)
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