Social Justice

Women's Groups Condemn NCW Member's Victim-Blaming, Rekha Sharma Distances Herself From Comments

BP World Bureau | Jan 09 2021 12:33:00 PM
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NEW DELHI: Multiple women’s rights organisations of India have condemned the victim-blaming remarks made by NCW Chandramukhi Devi on the Badaun rape and murder case.

In their statement, they stated that it is shocking that a woman is propagating such feudal and patriarchal values as a member of the National Commission for Women. They also called for her removal from the organisation. 

The statement is signed by; 

  1. All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA)
  2. National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW)
  3. All India Progressive Women’s Association (AIPWA)
  4. Pragatisheel Mahila Sanghatan (PMS)
  5. All India Mahila Sanskritik Sanghatan (AIMSS) 
  6. All India Agragami Mahila Samiti (AIAMS)

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

50-year-old Anganwadi worker who had gone to a temple was gang-raped by the temple priest and two others. 

All three have been arrested by the police in Badaun. She was brutally tortured which led to her death.

NCW member Chandramukhi Devi, who had gone to the victim's home, blamed her for stepping out without a male guardian and that women shouldn't go out in the evening to avoid rape. 

After she was slammed, Chandramukhi said that she "takes back her comments" but didn't apologise. 

Read: Law News: SC On Income For Homemakers, Madras HC Against Victim-Blaming, Muslim Body Against Conversion Law 

NCW chairperson, Rekha Sharma, distanced herself from Chandramukhi Devi's comments saying that the organisation will continue its fight to ensure the safety and autonomy of women at all times. 

"Women have all the right moves on their will whenever and wherever they want to. It's society and state's duty to make places safe for women," she said.