India is still shocked over the horrific Delhi gangrape incident. People have asked the government to honour the woman and punish the rapists quickly. An issue which needs to be dealt with tactfully and sensitively -- but it seems our leaders may need to go back to school – for a crash course in political correctness and diplomacy.
From the President's son to party leaders and "spiritual gurus", politicians of all hues have been showering their pearls of wisdom on a stunned public. Sample these:
"Highly dented-painted" women visited discos and then appeared at India Gate to protest the Delhi bus gangrape.Those who claim to be students - I can see many beautiful women among them they were highly dented-painted - they're giving interviews on TV, they've brought their children to show them the scenes"
CPI-M leader Anisur Rahman had ridiculed the Banerjee government's decision to compensate victims of crimes against women like rape and trafficking.
"We have told the chief minister in the assembly that the government will pay money to compensate rape victims. What is your fee? If you are raped, what will be your fee?," asked Anisur.
A Khap Leader In Haryana
"Marry off the boys and girls at 16 so as to stop rapes."
"Eating chowmein creates an imbalance in the body chemistry, which leads to rapes."
A Woman Scientist Addressing a Seminar at the Agricultural University, Gwalior
"The girl should not have resisted the rapists.At least, her intenstines could have been saved."
“Such crimes won't happen in Bharat. You go to villages and forests of the country and there will be no such incidents of gangrape or sex crimes.”
"Where 'Bharat' becomes 'India' with the influence of western culture, these type of incidents happen. The actual Indian values and culture should be established at every stratum of society where women are treated as 'mother'.
Congress members shout slogans while holding poster of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat as they protest against his recent remarks on women and rape in Bangalore. (PTI Photo)
“Ek hi shabd hai - maryada. Maryada ka ulanghan hota hai, toh Sita-haran ho jata hai. Laxmanrekha har vyakti ki khichi gayi hai. Us Laxmanrekha ko koi bhi par karega, toh Ravan samne baitha hai… woh Sita-haran karke le jayega”. (Whenever people cross their limitations, deterioration is bound to happen. It applies to everyone in the society. Whoever breaches the line, he/she will confront a Ravan)
Andhra Congress president Botsa Satyanarayana called the Delhi gangrape incident a minor one and questioned the need for women to be out at midnight.
"Just because India got freedom at midnight, is it necessary for women to move on the streets at midnight?" he asked,“the woman should not have boarded a private bus at such an odd hour. She should have assessed the situation before getting into the bus."
Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar
Senior Trinamool leader Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar speaking to a news channel said, "The Park Street rape is a different case altogether. That was not at all a rape case. It was a misunderstanding between a lady and her client.”
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad supremo blamed the western lifestyle for growing sexual assaults on women including rape, saying cities were losing the values.
The Puducherry government has reportedly suggested a redesig of school uniforms, making it mandatory for girls to wear overcoats to prevent sexual crimes.
Spiritual Guru Asaram Bapu has landed himself in a controversy over his remark that the December 16 Delhi gang rape victim is as guilty as those responsible for the barbaric sexual assault on her.
"Only 5-6 people are not the culprits. The victim daughter is as guilty as her rapists. She should have called the culprits brothers and begged before them to stop. This could have saved her dignity and life. Can one hand clap? I don't think so," says Bapu Asaram.
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray has blamed "Bihari" migrants for the recent case of gangrape of a girl in New Delhi.
"All are talking about the Delhi gangrape, but nobody is asking from where these men came. No one is asking who did this. So many cases are slapped against me (for speaking against Biharis) but no one is talking about the fact that all these rapists are from Bihar," he said.
Are you still wondering over why we have so many rapes in India?