If we were to choose from the most inappropriate and offensive remarks made by our ministers till date, this one would definitely take the cake.
“If Nirbhaya’s mother has such a good physique, I can imagine how beautiful Nirbhaya would have been.”
These were the words of former MP and ex-Commissioner of Police, Bangalore, HT Sangliyana. Sangliyana was attending an award ceremony in Bangalore on 9 March where a number of women, including IGP D Roopa and activist Anita Cheria, were being honoured for their notable contributions to the state.
Met Nirbhaya's mother today. She spoke how the society stigmatises rape victims rather than stigmatising the culprits. It's for citizens to play active role in checking crimes against women. Ex MP, retd IPS Sangliana was present I received "Nirbhaya Award" on the occasion. pic.twitter.com/ifjeaBpnf1— D Roopa IPS (@D_Roopa_IPS) March 9, 2018
Also present at the award ceremony were Jyoti Singh’s parents, Asha Devi and Badrinath Singh, before whom the remark was made.
Journalist Susheela Nair who was present at the event tweeted the following.
#At Nirbhaya Awards, Sangliana,rtd IGP : 'If Nirbhaya's mother,has such a good physique, I can imagine how beautiful Nirbhaya wd hav been'.— Susheela Nair (@NairSusheela) March 9, 2018
At Nirbhaya Award function, Sangliana, retd IGP says 'If you r overpowered u shd surrender, n follow up case later to prevent being killed.— Susheela Nair (@NairSusheela) March 9, 2018
Later, in an interview with Bangalore Mirror, Nair also said, “We never expected a man of his position to make such a comment, especially at a place where you are present to celebrate womanhood.”
Sangliyana is known for his ‘legendary’ work in the police forces, work that has inspired three Kannada feature films and given him the title of ‘Top Cop’.
A 1996 profile of the man in Outlook Magazine describes Sangliyana in the following words.
“Slapping corrupt officers, booking a chief minister’s driver for traffic violation, cycling around in disguise to experience the problems faced by nightbeat constables, seizing record amounts of timber and sandalwood, Sangliana has done it all.”
For a respected and decorated police officer, who is known for his stance against dishonesty and corruption, to make such a thoughtless and insensitive remark is nothing less than shocking.
Anita Cheria made her disapproval of Sangaliana’s comment in her acceptance speech itself.
Cheria aptly said, “When top government officials, from the police, seemingly well-meaning, think it appropriate to comment, appreciating a woman’s good physique, we, as a society, have a long way to go to change mindsets and bring any measurable lasting change in favour of women.”
(With inputs from Bangalore Mirror)
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