Sugar attracts ants: Abu Azmi’s shocker on Bengaluru horror
This shocker comment comes hours after the Centre condemned Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara�s similar victim-blaming comments
Known for his tongue-in-cheek remarks, Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi on Tuesday said women in Bengaluru were mass molested New Year’s Eve because they were wearing “short clothes” and it is nature’s rule that sugar attracts ants.
This shocker comment comes hours after the Centre condemned Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara’s similar victim-blaming comments.
According to NDTV and India Today, Azmi shared some ‘pearls of wisdom’, which ought to enumerated. This is what he had to say:
- But in these modern times, the more women are naked, the more fashionable, modern and educated they are considered.
- The women from rich families also cover themselves before appearing before men. That is our nation's culture.
- It’s regrettable, a case should be registered. But if we say anything against girls and boys going out together, we are called old fashioned.
- In Indian culture there should be propriety in how men and women meet.
- Women must step out with the family.
- If there is petrol somewhere, there is bound to be fire. If there is sugar, ants are bound to come.
- If my daughters or sisters stay out of home after sunset and spend 31 December night with other men and their brothers or husbands are not with them, then it is wrong.
- I accept that attraction happens between men and women, but we need to take precautions regarding our women.
- If a girl goes with a stranger, she is made a joke and then molestation kind of incidents take place. This chance should not be given.
- Many people may be angry with me for my statements, but I don't care since it is the truth.
The party, however, disagreed with Azmi’s analysis of the events.
“It is really unfortunate that Azmi thinks like that. The party condemns it. He should apologise,” SP leader Juhie Singh told CNN-News18.
National Commission for Women chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalam said they had sent summons to both Azmi and Parameshwara. “If men at this level say such things, where is nation heading,” she asked.
This is not the first time Azmi has been criticised for blaming women for being sexually assault. In April 2014, he had told a Mumbai tabloid that women too should be punished along with their rapists, and also when there is consensual sex outside marriage.
Earlier, Parameshwara had said, “Youngsters who are almost like westerners, they try to copy the westerners not only in the mindset, but even the dressing.”