Twitterati angered by Kirron Kher’s comment on Chandigarh gang-rape case

BJP candidate for 2014 Lok Sabha Election from Chandigarh, Kirron Kher during an election campaign in Amritsar on April 14, 2014. (Photo: IANS)

Chandigarh, November 30: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Kirron Kher on Thursday drew rage and backlash on Twitter for her comment against the Nov 17 Chandigarh gang-rape victim.

Kher invited the backlash after she quipped that the Chandigarh gang-rape victim could have prevented the incident by using her ‘common sense’.

Kher referred to the Nov 17 incident where a 21-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped by three men while returning home in an auto-rickshaw.

The Twitteratti, including Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal, vented their anger at the parliamentarian for her “insensible and victim-shaming” comment.

Maliwal tweeted:

Comedian Sorabh Pant commented:

 

The Twitter thrashing did not stop here. A user tweeted her disagreement with Kher, saying: ” slap on the face of every woman who risks going out there to make a life for themselves.”

Speaking at a press conference here, Kher on Wednesday said that the woman, who was allegedly gang-raped by an autodriver and his two accomplices, should have applied common sense and not boarded the vehicle as three men were already sitting inside it.

” I wish to comment on the girl’s sense of judgement.  Why would you get into an auto which already had three men in it? I am saying this to protect the girl,” I am saying this to protect the girls…,” Kher said.

By Debarghya Sil with inputs from ANI