If rapes are not due to patriarchal notions of masculinity or the objectification of women as property, then why this horrific crime? A Haryana Khap leader has come up with his own novel logic: The blame lies on ..."Chowmein".
To his understanding, Chowmein leads to hormonal imbalance evoking an urge for such acts, according to Jitender Chhatar, a khap leader. Explaining his theory, he adds, "Chowmein is a spicy food, hence, our elders also advised to consume light and nutritious food". And the humble Chowmein is not the only culprit, with burgers and pizzas being equally culpable in causing rapes.