Female Bollywood Actors Slam NCW Member’s Comments On Badaun Gangrape

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Bollywood actors Taapsee Pannu, Pooja Bhatt and Urmila Matondkar have criticised comments made by a National Commission for Women member. She had seemingly taken a victim-blaming tone while discussing the Badaun rape.

On Thursday, NCW member Chandramukhi Devi said that the gang-rape and murder of a 50-year-old woman could have been avoided if she had not stepped out at night. In a video which is being widely circulated in social media, she can be heard saying, “I think this incident would not have occurred if the woman had not stepped out of her house alone or had she been accompanied by a [male] child of the family.”

Pooja Bhatt, tagged NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma in a tweet and asked her if she stood by the statement. She further asked for clarification if Sharma also agrees that it was the victim’s fault for stepping out to visit a temple unaccompanied.

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Sharma replied that she doesn’t stand by the statement. She further said that women have the right to move on their own free will. It’s society and state’s duty to make places safe for women. Bhatt thanked her for her prompt response.

Urmila Matondkar also tweeted on the incident and said that this kind of mentality needs to change from within. She called women victimising other women sad and unfortunate. Condemning the incident Taapsee Pannu tweeted that if such people didn’t exist in our country, this incident wouldn’t have taken place. Model and former Bigg Boss contestant, Diandra Soares also expressed her views regarding the same.

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About Badaun Rape Case

On Sunday night, a 50-year-old woman was allegedly gangraped and murdered in Badaun district of Uttar Pradesh. She worked as an Anganwadi worker. An FIR was registered on Tuesday evening. Three people which included a priest and his two disciples were named. Police from Ughaiti police station in Badaun booked them under Indian Penal Code sections 376-d (gang-rape) and 302 (murder). Two of them have been arrested. Read more about it here