‘Victim should not have boarded autorickshaw’ says Kirron Kher on Chandigarh gangrape

Chandigarh: Days after the horrific gang rape incident with a 22-year old woman, BJP MP  and veteran actress Kirron Kher stirred a controversy with her comments on the incident.

At a press conference in Chandigarh Member of Lok Sabha from Chandigarh was asked about the gangrape of a 22-year-old girl in a moving autorickshaw by three men.

Kirron Kher said, “Bachi ki samajhdaari ko bhi main thoda sa kehna chahti hun… saari bachiyon ko.. ki already jab koi teen aadmi baithe hue hain uske andar… to aapko usme bethna nahi chaeye tha ….I am saying this to protect the girls.”

The incident was reported a few days back when the woman had taken an auto to go back to her paying guest accommodation in Mohali. The victim was returning back after attending a stenography class in Sector 37 and was raped in the moving auto by three men who later dumped her in Sector 53. She was spotted by the passersby, who informed the police.

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In a report, Kirron Kher was quoted sharing her own experience of travelling in a public transport.. “Hum log bhi kabhi taxi lete the Mumbai mein… to kisi na kisi ko bhi..jo hamare sath hota tha… usse taxi ka number likha dete the( We also communte by taxis in Mumbai and always share details of the cab with our close family or friend).. because we want our safety as girls.. I remember as a girl… so mujhe lagta hai hum sab ko aaj kal ke zamane mein in cheezon ke liye sakhat hona padega (I feel that in these times, we also have to be more careful about these things),” Kher as quoted by The Indian Express.

Expressing pain over the incident, she said, “I feel really sad for the victim.” The MP also pitched for the need for the families to educate their boys. Questioned about the absence of the Women’s Commission in Chandigarh, she said what was the need for a Mahila Aayog when the city has a woman MP, a woman mayor and a woman SSP.

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