Former DGP of Karnataka HT Sangliana has made a shocking comment on Nirbhaya’s mother, Asha Devi, during an event meant to acknowledge women’s hard work. Nirbhaya aka Jyoti Singh’s December 2012 gangrape and subsequent death sparked outrage against sexual crimes against women across the globe.

During his speech, Sangliana said, “I see Nirbhaya’s mother, she has such a good physique. I can just imagine how beautiful Nirbhaya would have been.”

Asha Devi has continually fought to amend rape laws in the country since her daughter’s death. According to reports, Sangliana’s outrageous comment towards Devi left the crowd disgusted.

The ex-DGP did not stop there but went on to give “safety-tips” to women to avoid situations of distress and crime, which were also in bad taste for the audience.

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“If they overpower you, you should surrender, and follow up the case later. That way we can ensure safety, save life, prevent murder,” Sangliana said

Asha Devi, who was also present at the panel, was the next in line to speak to the audience. In her speech, she said justice is something that does not come easy.

She said we have law, police, government but justice is something that does not come easy. About the offenders, she said, “Law doesn’t scare anybody. It does not deter the offenders.”

Asha Devi criticized the amount of attention gender issues get in terms of tangible change. She said that these events are only a token if they don’t encourage people to do something against sexual crimes.

The panellists included IPS D Roopa, responsible for exposing corruption in the Bengaluru prison where Sasikala is imprisoned.

On December 16, 2012, six men attacked Jyoti Singh and her companion aboard a moving bus in South Delhi. The woman, who was brutalised with an iron rod and had her intestines pulled out, died in a Singapore hospital 13 days later.

Picture credit- Jansatta

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