“Rapes Can ‘Stop’ If Parents Teach Their Daughters Sanskaar,” BJP MLA’s Comments Spark Outrage


The rising instances of rape and crimes against women in the country have shaken the nation to the core. Amid the outrage over the death of a gang-rape victim in Hathras, followed by her cremation allegedly without the consent of her family, the comments of BJP MLA Surendra Singh from Bairia constituency in UP’s Ballia have enraged many Bollywood celebrities on Twitter.

As per a report in HT, the MLA was asked about the alarming number of rape cases in the state during a press meet on October 3, 2020. He reportedly responded by saying, “I am a teacher. Even if the government stands with the sword, such incidents wouldn’t stop. Such incidents will stop when parents give sanskaar to their daughters and inculcate values in them.”

He also added, “Sabhi pita aur mata ka dharm hai ki apni jawan beti ko sanskaarit vatavaran mein rehne, chalne aur ek shaleen vyavhaar pastut karne ka tareeka sikhaye. Yeh sabka dharm hai, mera bhi dharm hai, sarkar ka bhi dharm hai lekin parivar ka bhi dharm hai. Jaha sarkar ka dharm raksha karne ka hai wahin parivar ka bhi dharm hai ki bacho mein sanskar dalein. Sarkar aur sanskaar milkar desh ko sunder roop de sakte hai. Dusra koi samne aane wala nahi hai.”

These misogynistic remarks were not received well by celebrities like Kriti Sanon, Swara Bhaskar, Pooja Bedi, Vir Das, etc. who spoke against this problematic mindset on Twitter. From being asked to “respect the womb that bore him” to asking why can’t “some sanskaar (be given) to their sons”, here are some of the heated reactions they had to the politician’s statement:

Previously, former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju also sparked outrage and received criticism for remarking that rising unemployment causes an increase in rape cases.

We highly condemn this mentality and believe it shouldn’t have any place in 2020. What do you make of these comments? Tell us!

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