Hating Kirron Kher For Her Comment On The Gangrape Victim Is Just Misplaced Anger, TBH
Posted On 1st December, 2017 @ 13:54 pm by Mihika Jindal

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Twitter slammed Kirron Kher all day yesterday for her comment on the Chandigarh gang rape victim. Here’s what she said: “Bachi ki samajhdaari ko bhi main thoda sa kehna chahti hun. Saari bachiyon ko...ki already jab teen aadmi baithe hue hain uske (auto) andar, toh aapko usme nahi chadhna chahiye tha...I am saying this to protect the girls…

 

#WATCH BJP MP Kirron Kher says 'she (Chandigarh rape victim) should not have boarded the auto rickshaw when she saw three men sitting in it' (29.11.17) pic.twitter.com/Daqe95rTIO

 

As expected, the statement received lots and lots and lots of backlash. While the anger is legit, we’re not sure if it is pointed in the right direction. Chandigarh, the city in question this time around, has really poor public transport systems—the bus routes are irregular, auto-rickshaw drivers ask for ridiculous fares, and ummm... there isn’t a third type.

 

We get how waiting on a semi-deserted street for an auto after it’s getting dark can seem like a horror film getting increasingly intense. But even so, getting into an auto that already has three men in it is probably best avoided - at least until we work out ways to secure our streets in real and efficient ways. Because the argument is that in 2017 should we still be terrified of the very streets we live in? No. Should we not be able to trust government services? Of course we should. But the current reality is far from the ideal. 

 

Just to put things in perspective, the accused of the gang rape were soon arrested. So the authorities are doing whatever they can. Not saying they are done with their duties, but given the times and the challenges, we all have to do our bit if we really want that safe world we all imagine in our heads. Blaming people in power is easier than most things, and dusting your hands off YOUR responsibilities even easier. Let’s all be alert. 

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