“Shouldn’t Have Gone To Secluded Place”: Ministers Blame Mysuru Gang-Rape Victim, Spark Outrage

In a shocking incident that took place in Mysuru recently, a 22-year-old MBA student from Mumbai was allegedly gang-raped and her friend was brutally beaten up by six men. The crime happened in a secluded stretch at the Chamundi foothills on Tuesday night, reports TOI.

According to The Indian Express, the police haven’t made any arrests yet but have detained one person related to the crime and an FIR has been lodged. According to the statement given by the friend who was assaulted, the accused men took a video of the gruesome assault and threatened the woman to leak it on social media. Since the area of the crime took place in a very secluded area, the accused were almost sure that no one would come to rescue the victims.

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This incident has sparked massive outrage among people. However, 2 days after the incident, Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra blamed the gang-rape victim for going to a secluded area “after sunset”, reports TOI.

“What was she doing there at 7-7.30 PM? Why did she go to a secluded place with her classmate after sunset? But what can we do, people are free to go anywhere anytime,” he said.

Echoing similar views, Karnataka Minister of Environment, Ecology and Tourism Anand Singh said:

“Lovers and newly married couples should never venture into secluded places after dark. The government cannot ask the police to keep vigil all the time.”

In another shocking statement, Karnataka Labour Minister Shivaram Hebbar said:

“Rapes have happened all the time.”

Several people online slammed the ministers for making such insensitive statements and engaging in victim-blaming.

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After facing severe backlash, the Karnataka Home Minister has apologized for his statement, reports ABP.

“I had no intention to hurt anybody. I take back my statement,” he said.

When will society start holding the perpetrators accountable instead of shaming the victim of such a gruesome incident?

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