Wearing ‘short dress’ invites attack? There are many such news on social media which perfectly showcases the horrifying mentality that exists surrounding rape and rape culture in India. But the issue intensifies when women themselves point fingers at other women and legitimize the culprit’s activities. Despite everything we haven’t overlooked the Delhi Auntyji who approached the men at a café to assault a girl for wearing a short dress, suggesting she “deserved it.”
In yet another case of moral policing, a 25-year-old college student was allegedly threatened with rape by a middle-aged woman for wearing shorts and T-shirt on the roads of South Kolkata. The woman said, “Tomader moto meyeder ekkhuni rape kora uchit (girls like you should be raped).”
The girl, a student of Jadavpur University who is pursuing her M.Phil stepped out of her PG wearing shorts, when the woman in question openly abused saying ‘Girls like her deserve to be raped.’ The girl said,
“Initially, I was shocked. But then I protested saying she had no right and moral authority to make any comment on me. I pointed out that what she did was a criminal offence.”
Even when the girl approached the traffic policeman, the lady continued to hit the girl twice.
“Stunned, I tried to point out that she was taking this too far. She then slapped me again. By this time, others tried to step in. Realizing that she was being surrounded, the woman fled.”
She further added,
“I was in shock and trauma. It was for my friends that I could finally manage to reorganize myself. My house owner too played a positive role. It was on the advice of cops that I filed the FIR.”
An FIR against the accused has been registered under IPC sections related to hurt, wrongful restraint and outraging the modesty of a woman. A policeman told,
“It’s a rare case when a woman has been named for outraging the modesty of another woman. The accused probably lives somewhere near Dhakuria. We might ask the victim to record her statement in front of a magistrate.”
Police have caught hold of the CCTV cameras from the spot where the incident took place.