NCP’s Asha Mirje apologises for her ‘rape remark’, says ‘she was giving motherly advice’

Nagpur, Jan.29: Maharashtra State Women’s Commission member and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Asha Mirje on Wednesday apologized for her controversial remark blaming women for spate of rapes in the country, and said that she only gave motherly advice to girls.

“I just gave motherly advice to all those girls. But I apologize to everyone who has been hurt by my statement. I did not mean what I said,” she said.

Clarifying her remark, Mirje said: “The most important thing is the place where you are going, with whom you are going. Analyse these things and then one should go. Unavoidable places we have to go. But where it is unnecessary, there is no harm in avoiding that place.”

Earlier in the day, Mirje said at an NCP meeting that ‘rapes also take place because of a woman’s clothes, her behaviour and her being at inappropriate places’.

Referring to the December 16, Nirbhaya gang-rape case, Mirge questioned why she was out at night with her friend to see a movie. She also commented on the gang-rape of a photojournalist at the abandoned Shakti Mills in Mumbai, and asked why the girl needed to go to such an isolated spot.

“In Nirbhaya’s case, what was the need of going to watch a movie at 11 o’ clock in the night? And the rape case that took place at Shakti mills compound, what was the need of going to such a deserted place so late in the evening. We need to be careful. Where am I going? Why am I going? With whom I am going? What is the need of going? What if something happens to me? Everything should be taken into account,” she said. (ANI)