Congress General Secretary Priyanka
Gandhi Vadra on Friday criticised heavily the remarks from a member of the National
Commission for Women (NCW), who had earlier said that the gangrape and murder
in Badaun, Uttar Pradesh could have been avoided had the victim not gone out in the evening, PTI reported.
“Will we be able to ensure
women’s safety with such behaviour? Member of the Women’s Commission is blaming
the victim for rape. The Badaun administration is concerned about how the
post-mortem report of the victim, that brought out the truth, was leaked,”
PTI quoted the AICC General Secretary in-charge for Uttar Pradesh as saying in
a Facebook post.
Referring to another incident and a
rape victim fighting for her life in Moradabad, Gandhi tore into the administration
in her Facebook post written in Hindi, saying women will not forgive the latter
for such a disgrace.
NCW-member Chandramukhi Devi on
Thursday had said that the incident would not have happened if the woman had
not gone out unaccompanied. “I tell women again and again that they should
never go out at odd hours under anyone’s influence,” she had said to the woman’s
family members, and after backlash from the opposition and women’s bodies, has
retracted her statement.
The 50-year-old victim had gone to a
temple and was found dead under mysterious circumstances, as the victim’s family suspected the crime to have been committed by the temple priest and his aides.
Upon an FIR being filed in the case, two persons associated with the crime were arrested on Tuesday night while the priest, temporarily on the run, was apprehended on Thursday and taken into judicial custody.