Law & Governance

Badaun Gangrape: Key Accused Held, NCW Member Slammed For Victim-Blaming

BP World Bureau | Jan 08 2021 11:19:20 AM
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BADAUN: A temple priest who is the prime accused in the gangrape-murder of an Anganwadi helper, was arrested by the police. 

Police said that he was hiding in the village where the heinous crime took place and a cash reward was announced for his capture. 

He was booked along with his two aides for the ghastly crime committed on the 50-year-old woman who had visited the temple to pray. 

The incident was dubbed as similar to the Nirbhaya case as the woman suffered a rib fracture and her left lung was also damaged. Postmortem confirmed rape. 

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Following the Chandramukhi, a member of the National Commission for Women indulged in victim-blaming comments.

She said that the woman shouldn't have gone there alone and that women shouldn't step out of the house in the evening to avoid such crimes. 

Her comments were slammed from various quarters because apart from the cruel and insensitive nature, victim-blaming normalizes male-violence over women's constitutional rights including the right to mobility and autonomy. 

Chandramukhi later denied making such claims, further stating that "she takes it back." She didn't apologise.