Kerala MP’s Wife Criticised Over ‘Rape Joke’, Apologises Saying She Had Been Misconstrued

Issues like rape, sexual abuse and harassment are extremely sensitive subjects. While engaging in any kind of dialogue surrounding these issues, it is to be kept in mind not to trivialise such issues and victim shame. However, some things are completely unacceptable to say while talking about rape.

According to a report by The Indian Express, Kerala MP Hibi Eden’s wife Anna Eden recently took to Facebook to post an insensitive remark about rape.

“Fate is like rape, if you can’t resist it, then try to enjoy it,” she wrote.

She wrote it captioning two videos of her family coping with floods Ernakulam. One video is of her child being rescued from their home following heavy rainfall in Kochi, and the other is of the Kerala MP, Hibi Eden, enjoying a sizzler, reports News18. See the post here:

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People have taken on social media to express how it is unbelievable and downright disrespectful of Anna Eden to post something like this being a woman and holding an influential social standing.

On receiving tremendous backlash and criticism from people on the internet calling her out on her “poor taste” and “crass” behavior, she went on to delete the entire post and later posted an apology claiming that she empathises with rape victims and that her post had been misconstrued.

You can read the apology post here:

സോഷ്യൽ മീഡിയയിൽ ഞാൻ ഉപയോഗിച്ച വാക്കുകൾ എന്റെ ഉദ്ദേശങ്ങൾക്കപ്പുറം ചർച്ച ചെയ്യപ്പെടുകയും , ജീവിതത്തിൽ അത്തരം ദുരവസ്ഥയിലൂടെ…

Posted by Anna Linda Eden on Tuesday, October 22, 2019

To even think, let alone post it on social media with thousands of followers, that rape could be enjoyed is not just inappropriate, but is disrespectful, cruel, and unsympathetic towards the millions of rape victims across the world. Can we not be more mindful and compassionate while speaking about such topics?

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