Bengaluru New Year horror: Such incidents do happen, says Karnataka Home Minister Parameshwara
"Unfortunately, what is happening is, as I said, on days like new year at Brigade Road, Commercial Street, M G Road, large number of youngsters gather. Youngsters who are almost like westerners, they try to copy the westerners not only in the mindset, but even the dressing," he said
After media reported how women were molested and harassed during New Year celebrations at public areas in Bengaluru on Saturday night, Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara on Monday said adequate police force was deployed and that “such incidents do happen on New Year day and Christmas”.
“The police had taken adequate precautions. There was proper police security and 1,500 personnel were deployed in the area,” he said in a report by The New Indian Express.
According to Deccan Herald, he told a TV news channel: "Unfortunately, what is happening is as I said on days like new year at Brigade Road, Commercial Street, M G Road, large number of youngsters gather. Youngsters who are almost like westerners, they try to copy the westerners not only in the mindset, but even the dressing."
The Home Minister’s comments came under fire from women’s rights activists and even the chairperson of the State Women’s Commission.
“Politicians are insensitive. They blame victims instead of taking action against those who molested and misbehaved with women,” TNIE quoted Geetha Menon from Stree Jagruti Samiti as saying.
Nagalakshmi Bai, Chairperson of State Women’s Commission, said such statements send a wrong message to the society. According to her, Parameshwara should take action against those who failed to provide security to women and not make such statements.
“I have issued a notice to the Police Commissioner seeking a detailed report on the incident,” she said.
Demanding his resignation, National Commission for Women chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalam reportedly said: ""Such remarks from the Home Minister are unacceptable and regrettable. I want to ask this Minister that are Indian men so pathetic and weak that when they see a woman in western clothes on a day of revelry, they get out of control?
"When will they Indian men learn to respect women. The Minister should apologise to the women of the country and resign."