NCW Member Says Rape Can Be Avoided If Women Don’t Go Outside During Odd Hours

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Recently, in Uttar Pradesh’s Budaun, a 50-year-old woman who was an Anganwadi worker was gang-raped and brutally murdered allegedly by a priest and two others, reports India Today. The victim went missing on Sunday and the police ignored the family’s complaint. Even after the accused dumped her body outside her house, the cops allegedly remained irresponsive.

The victim had gone to the temple at 6 PM after which the heinous crime supposedly took place. Her body was dumped at 11.30 PM in front of her house. Post-mortem reports revealed that there were serious injuries to the victim’s private parts, evidence of substantial blood loss, and fracture in a leg and ribs.

Just a few days after the incident, a member of the National Commission for Women, Chandramukhi Devi, remarked that the rape wouldn’t have happened if the woman didn’t visit the temple late in the evening, reports Hindustan Times.

“I tell women again and again that they should never go out at odd hours under anyone’s influence. I think if she had not gone out in the evening or was accompanied by any child of the family perhaps this incident could have been avoided. But this was pre-planned as she was called through a phone call. She went out and then returned in such a state,” said Chandramukhi Devi, who also visited the victim’s family.

A video of her making these statements has gone viral online and is receiving tremendous backlash from people. Have a look:

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People online slammed the NCW member for making such regressive statements. Even NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma condemned her.

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After facing such a nationwide backlash, Chandramukhi Devi shared a video wherein she addressed the issue. However, she didn’t apologise for her words.

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When will we stop victim-blaming women and hold the perpetrators accountable for the heinous crimes they commit?

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