What is the best way to ensure that women are safe? One way is to ask them not to stay out after 8 pm! Yes, you read it right. Because that is what the Cheif Minister of Telangana and Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) Cheif K Chandrasekhar Rao has to say to women workers after the Hyderabad horror. “I have a responsibility to save our women, so their shifts will end by 8 pm,” KCR said in a meeting of the selected employees of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) in Hyderabad after they called off a strike that lasted for over 52 days.

In a tweet Rekha Sharma, Chairperson, National Commission for Women (NCW) said, “Shocked to hear @TelanganaCMO saying that women should be home by 8 pm. Are women prisoners for life and have to stay in door to keep themselves safe? And are crimes not happening inside the homes? Women have equal rights at public places and we need to teach this to Honorable CM”

Key Takeaways:

  • Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao addressed a meeting with the selected employees from Telangana State Road Transport Corporation on Sunday.
  • The meeting was arranged after TSRTC employees called off a strike that lasted for around 52 days.
  • While accepting their demand that women workers should not be given night duties, KCR says, “I have a responsibility to save our women, so their shifts will end by 8 pm.”
  • KCR’s use of the word ‘save’ has landed him in a controversy when the National Commission for Women (NCW) Chairperson Rekha Sharma called him out. 

 Can we please accept that it is men who have not been raised right and women have nothing to do with rapes and sexual harassment. Can we please accept that WE HAVE FAILED as a Society!

Twitterati had a lot to say in response to KCR’s statement, take a look:

Why Not Ask Men To Be In By 8 PM?

Well, if it is about ‘Saving’ women, why not ask men to be in why eight PM? For if men stay inside, women are automatically ‘Saved’.  Shweta Taneja, author-graphic novelist, and writer of the book Cult of Chaos says, “Yes, didn’t you know? Men become horny thanks to meat and fish and alcohol and turn into monsters and it’s just not safe. For even babies, you know.”

Deepa Narayan, author of Chup: Breaking Silence About India’s Women says, “Men should be home by 8 pm. Imagine how safe the streets would be.”

Who Will Be Held Accountable If Something Happens Before 8PM?

Even if we accept getting in by eight pm, what if something happens to us before eight pm? Who is going to be responsible for that?

What About The Incidents Happening In Broad Daylight

To remind you, one of the most brutal cases in history, the 2013 Mumbai Gang Rape case or the Shakti Mills Rape Case took place in broad daylight. On  August 22, 2013, a photojournalist, who was interning with an English Magazine in Mumbai, was gang-raped by five people including a juvenile. So, according to what the respectable CM says should we just stop moving out? Because after all, rapes can happen at any time and with anyone, be it a child (why forget the Jammu rape case that shook the nation) or an adult woman, wearing anything.

Read More: What purpose does the Hyderabad advisory for women serve?

For Once, Can We Please Accept That Men Have Not Been Raised Right?

Can we just stop blaming women for everything that happens to them? I mean, just for once, can we please accept that it is men who have not been raised right and women have nothing to do with rapes and sexual harassment. Women are only the ‘sufferers’ here. It is us, the society, who never teaches men why they should respect every single woman. It is us, who never ask them where are they going, but will put out a questionnaire for women leaving home at any time of the day. For God’s sake, can we please accept that WE HAVE FAILED as a society.

Read More: Preventing Rape: It’s Time We Moved From Outrage To Action

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