Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today gave a very strong statement and mentioned that it is “ridiculous” to claim that a woman’s attire is the reason behind rape. Very logically she questioned that if dress is the reason, then why are old women or toddlers sexually abused.
“What efforts can be made by external agencies when you have known people absolutely violating the women? Some people say about the way women dress. Then why does rape happen of elderly people? Why does rape happen of toddlers?” the Defence Minister said at an event organised by industry lobby FICCI in Delhi.
The minister said law agencies need to be proactive in providing safety to women. “Out of every 10 such incidents, seven are committed by people who know the victim – relative, friends, neighbour. Law enforcement agencies need to be far more proactive, I concede all that,” she said.
“So I am trying to push the argument that a lot is upon us in terms of the mindsets with which boys are brought up in our families,” the minister said.