In a shocking statement, a member of the Uttar Pradesh Women’s Commission, during a public hearing of complaints related to women, said that girls should not be given mobile phones as it encourages rape.
Meena Kumari remarked that girls should not be given mobile phones. Girls talk with boys on phones for hours and later run away with them. Their phones are not even checked and family members are unaware of these things, she said.
She was speaking at a Mahila Jansunwai in Aligarh on Wednesday, where she appealed to parents to keep the cell phones away from their daughters. She went on to say that parents, especially mothers, should monitor their daughters as crime against women was a result of their carelessness.
The State Women’s Commission has chosen to distance itself from Meena Kumari’s statement.
However, Anju Chaudhary, vice chairperson of the commission, has said that the statement was uncalled for. sShe reportedly said that taking away mobile phones was not a solution to end sexual violence.
Later, Meena Kumari, reiterated that she meant that minors and girls from villages do not know how to use phones in the right manner. They use phones to make male friends and later run away with them.
Further, she said that smartphones were also being used to watch inappropriate content. Also, the society itself would have to be serious about the increasing crimes against women, she added.
In January, a similar controversy stoked when National Commission for Women member Chandramukhi Devi commented on a gangrape case in Badaun. She had said the incident could have been avoided if the woman had not ventured out in the evening. However, she later withdrew her statement after facing widespread criticism.