It certainly is a sad state of affairs when people think it is completely normal to blame a victim or their clothes for a heinous crime such as rape instead of the perpetrator who committed it. But the problem worsens when women themselves point fingers at other women and justify the perpetrator’s actions. We still haven’t forgotten the Delhi Auntyji who called on the men at a restaurant to rape a woman for wearing a short dress, implying she “deserved it.”
On 1st August, a lady in Kolkata allegedly told a 25-year-old student wearing a t-shirt and shorts, “Tomader moto meyeder ekkhuni rape kora uchit (girls like you should be raped).”
As per The Times of India reports, the victim who is pursuing her M.Phil at Jadavpur University had gone out of her PG accommodation at 1.30 pm to buy some essentials when a lady clad in a silk saree threatened her. The victim recalls,
“Initially, I was shocked. But then I protested saying she had no right and moral authority to make any comment on me. I pointed out that what she did was a criminal offence.”
The victim then tried to approach a traffic cop for intervention. This was met with verbal abuse and a slap by the lady.
“Stunned, I tried to point out that she was taking this too far. She then slapped me again. By this time, others tried to step in. Realizing that she was being surrounded, the woman fled.”
She further added,
“I was in shock and trauma. It was for my friends that I could finally manage to reorganize myself. My house owner too played a positive role. It was on the advice of cops that I filed the FIR.”
Lake police officials have registered an FIR against the woman under IPC sections related to hurt, wrongful restraint and outraging the modesty of a woman. An official revealed,
“It’s a rare case when a woman has been named for outraging the modesty of another woman. The accused probably lives somewhere near Dhakuria. We might ask the victim to record her statement in front of a magistrate.”
They have also secured CCTV footage from Lords Crossing where the incident occurred.