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Maharashtra Women Commission member blames women for rape

Jan 29, 2014 09:45 AM IST India India

Mumbai: In yet another shame for the country, a member of a women's commission panel has blamed women for rape.

"Women too are responsible to an extent (for rape). Their clothing and behaviour too play a part. The Delhi gangrape victim could have gone for the 9.00 pm show. Why did she go for the late show?" Asha Mirje, member of the Maharashtra Women Commission, asked, during a speech in Nagpur on Tuesday.

Mirje also happens to be a member of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), an ally of the ruling Congress in the state.

The Congress, however, was quick to condemn the remark. "This comment is totally unacceptable. A member of a women's commission should not make such statements. Women should talk about empowerment and not put them under constraints of dress," Rita Bahuguna Joshi said.

The BJP too slammed Mirje for the comments.

In an interview to CNN-IBN, Mirje apologised. "What I said was my personal opinion. If I have hurt someone, I apologise," she said.

She also accused the media of misrepresenting her quote. "The complete comment was not taken. Only a part of it was projected. I was not blaming the women for rape. I had said that since we are in transit period, we have to be extra cautious," Mirje said.

NCP leader Supriya Sule, who heads the party's women wing, was also present on the stage when Mirje made the remarks.