Karnataka: BJP issues gag order to rein in ministers | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Amid unprecedented anger against the gang rape followed by insensitive statements by some ministers blaming the survivor, the state BJP warned senior party functionaries and MLAs not to issue statements about the incident.
“The party has taken note of the asinine statements made by some ministers. I have asked all ministers, including the home minister, not to issue any statement on the Mysuru incident,” state BJP president Nalin Kumar Kateel said. He admitted the ‘insensitive’ statements had damaged the party’s image to an extent.
Party sources said home minister Araga Jnanendra was scheduled to hold a press conference following the arrest of six accused, but DGP Praveen Sood was asked to do so instead. CM Basavaraj Bommai also asked his ministers to be careful while making statements on sensitive issues like the gang-rape incident. He told STOI he will raise the issue with this ministers at the next cabinet meeting.
When some RSS functionaries, including its spokesperson, were asked about the ministers’ statements, they refused to comment saying, “The matter is in legal purview now.”
But some women activists slammed the ministers, saying such statements reflect the sexism deep-rooted in society.
“It is a typical mentality of a patriarchal society which always seeks to blame women and restrict their movements instead of caging perpetrators of such heinous crimes and instilling fear. This needs to be condemned strongly…,’’ said Sudeshna Mukherjee, associate professor at the Centre for Women’s Studies, Bangalore University.
Tourism minister Anand Singh did a U-turn on Saturday and said: “Gang rape is a horrendous act, and those who indulge in it should be harshly punished. Our government is committed to curbing such acts. Women must be given rifle licences to safeguard themselves from such heinous incidents and for self-defence.”

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