Maneka Gandhi: Films encourage eve-teasing, responsible for rising crimes against women

The minister also said that there was need to portray women in a better light in the movies.

Union Cabinet Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi, has held movies responsible for the rising incidents of crime against women in the country.

The minister also said that there was need to portray women in a better light in the movies.

"We have very important reason why men believe they can get away or they indulge in violence against women and that is films. If you look at films,which is a way to communicate messages, you will find romance almost always starts with eve-teasing. The man and friends will surround a woman, be mean to her trip her up, show her down, abuse her, touch her inappropriately and slowly she falls in love with him," said Gandhi while speaking at an event in Goa on Friday.

She attributed the rising incident of violence to their indecent representation in movies.

"Romance in almost every film starts with eve teasing, be it Hindi or in regional films," she said.

Maneka added that powerlessness of men also lead to crimes against women.

"The man's feeling of powerlessness, he is being shouted at, his failure in job is alos one of the reasons of violence against women," she added.

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