Pramila Nesargi, C Manjula, Pramod Muthalik and many other Indians seem to believe that it’s okay to beat somebody if we are convinced they are wrong.
State Women’s Commission Chairperson Pramila Nesargi. “If you see the larger picture, those who beat up the girls were probably not entirely at fault. If you see a woman trying to jump into the well, you will not have time to think whether she was clad or not. This was a similar case. Won’t you beat a child when she does a mistake? Necessity knows no law,” said Nesargi.
Does she realize what kind of permissions she is giving to those who might take her seriously? Reminds me of how Pramod Muthalik changed his mind (not sure how long the change lasted) and invoked non-violence and democratic values when two young men decided to take him seriously.
I have blogged about a teenage domestic helper from near Hubli whose father beat her mother frequently and once attempted to burn them all while they slept in their house; once he and his brother ‘broke’ her mother’s head because she was objecting to him marrying again – he threw them out and she shifted with her six children to Pune. The entire family believed that what happened was unfortunate but they didn’t seriously condemn the man’s actions. Almost all the men in their village were the same. Pramila Nesargi’s and C Manjula’s comments reminded me of this family. This family would totally understand what they are talking about.
Unfortunately for Muthalik, Pramila Nesargi and C Manjula, many amongst the rest of us don’t.
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More gems from C Manjula below. (link shared by Vidyut) http://www.deccanherald.com/content/271500/it-rave-party-mangalore-insists.html
1. “…youngsters indulging in “immoral activities” are a more pressing issue than the attack on girls and needs to be addressed immediately.”
2. “I suspect that the youngsters at the homestay had consumed drugs,” Manjula said, citing a senior politician’s observation that clothes worn by one of the boys suggested he consumed drugs, as the basis of her conclusion.
3. “These youngsters have got unnecessary sympathy from the media. We have to check the credentials of Loretta Rebello who had rented the place to the group. We also have to check the credentials of the Gurudutt Kamath, mother of one of the victims, who has tried to gain public sympathy by saying she had permitted her son to go for the party,” she said.
4. She also demanded that alcohol consumption at parties be banned. “If anyone wants to hold such parties, they have to take a licence.” (This seems to have been promptly implemented)