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The BJP parliamentarian was trolled for her statement, which was seen as “a light take on a serious matter”. Instead, she should say how she is going to make Chandigarh a safer place for women, it was pointed out.
Former MP Pawan Kumar Bansal stated, “One is aghast to hear such a statement from a responsible person like an MP. Gang rape is a very serious matter which deserves serious consideration. Instead of judging the victim’s decision of boarding an auto occupied by three men, one expected a serious response from her.”
Criticism poured in, via social media as well, as angry users posted statements like, “I used to look up to you. But now, I am so damn disappointed with you,” and “Basically, she meant is if I board an auto-rickshaw alone with three men already in it, I am giving them an excuse to rape me?...”
Kher was forced to issue a statement clarifying, “My statement about the gang rape in Chandigarh, was taken out of context, selectively reported, and gravely politicised — all of which distracted from the real message I wanted to send out to the girls, as a woman, as a mother and as their representative in the Parliament… I just said we are living in bad times. We all, especially ladies, have to take precautions. As a mother, I am saying this that we need to take care… If the Congress wants to make an issue out of it, I cannot help.”