Updated: November 1, 2020 5:31:01 pm
Mullappally Ramachandran, the state Congress president in Kerala, Sunday hit headlines for making appalling, misogynist remarks aimed toward victims of rape at a protest assembly in Thiruvananthapuram. He tendered his apology quickly after.
Speaking as a part of an agitation launched state-wide by the Congress-led UDF in opposition to alleged corrupt practices of the LDF authorities, Ramachandran mentioned, “Every day when she wakes up, she claims she was raped. A lady who says she was raped throughout the state, she’s dressed up and made to face behind the scenes. She retains asking when she ought to come out. Chief Minister, your recreation is not going to work right here. This blackmail politics is not going to work right here. The individuals of Kerala can perceive it. As you (CM) drown and die, should you thought you’ll be able to carry a prostitute and make her prepare dinner tales, Kerala is uninterested in listening to it…we will perceive if a girl says she was raped as soon as. Any lady with self-respect will both die or stop being raped once more. But, she retains crying she was raped time and again everywhere in the state. Senior law enforcement officials advised me that you’re planning to play politics by conserving such a girl in entrance.”
The state Congress chief’s feedback have been allegedly aimed toward a girl concerned within the photo voltaic scandal who not too long ago accused a Congress chief of rape.
KK Shailaja, state girls and youngster improvement minister, slammed Ramachandran for his remarks, calling them ‘harmful’ and ‘inappropriate’ particularly coming from a senior politician like him. In June, Shailaja herself was defamed and mocked by the Congress chief who mentioned she was preventing for the label of ‘Covid rani’ and ‘Nipah rajkumari.’
In a press release, Shailaja mentioned Ramachandran’s feedback mirrored his mindset and opinion about girls. “He says if girls who’re raped have self-respect, they’ll kill themselves. Is rape a girl’s fault? Are girls not committing suicide as a result of they lack self-respect? A lady topic to rape is just not a legal. The individuals committing the rape are the criminals. They should be punished. Women expertise nice bodily and psychological trauma. To say that they have to kill themselves speaks of an individual with a harmful thoughts. This is totally improper,” she mentioned.
Ramachandran, a former union minister and seven-time MP, expressed remorse for his remarks when reporters relayed the sexist tone of his speech.
“If these remarks have been characterised as being aimed toward anybody specifically, I categorical my remorse. If these remarks have been misrepresented as anti-women in sure quarters, it’s not proper. I mentioned it solely to show the depths to which this (LDF) authorities has fallen,” he mentioned.
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