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In a statement that would make any sane person doubt if we’re living in the 21st century, the president of the Uttar Pradesh Women’s Commission made a statement, saying that girls who talk with boys using their cell phones, later run away with them.
As if that statement wasn’t incendiary enough, Meen Kumari, the president went on to say that the mother of the girl is responsible for this, because of her “negligence.” FYI, she was elected as a member of the district panchayat, twice, before she took up this position.
BIZARRE comment by Meena Kumari, a member of the UP Women Commission.
— Prashant Kumar (@scribe_prashant) June 10, 2021
Uttar Pradesh isn’t exactly known for its stellar reputation for women and their safety. One can’t help but wonder why exactly. But if this is the sentiment that the state’s Women’s Commission and its members have, one doesn’t need to think too much, as to why women feel particularly unsafe in the state.
While speaking to the press while presiding over a meet-up where the commission was listening to complaints from several women in Aligarh, the president made an appeal to the parents, that they shouldn’t allow the girls in their family to have mobile phones.
And if they do allow them for some reason, then the parents should constantly keep an eye on the girls, and periodically check their phones.
Later, when she was trying to clarify her remarks, she claimed that girls from villages don’t know “how to use phones in the right way.” She also commented on how smartphones are used to consume inappropriate content.
Do keep in mind, that all this was in response to a question about a sharp rise in alleged rape, molestation and harassment cases in the area.
This obviously did not go down well with the people present at the meet-up, as well as on Twitter.
Me to Meena Kumari ji pic.twitter.com/cWiwsTY1sP
— 𝓢𝓱𝔀𝓮𝓽𝓱𝓪 (@shwetha0811) June 10, 2021
Mobile phone nahi thaa tab Meena Kumari Rajkumar ke saath bhaag gai
Pakiza dekhi nahi kya
— Nandini Idnani🇮🇳 (@idnani_nandini) June 10, 2021
Really mothers responsible h baccho k bigdne k lie.sick mentality 🤦♀️
— Shivani Arora (@shivani100000) June 10, 2021
— Sujeet tiwari (@Sujeet958) June 10, 2021
Aise to love marriage khatre mein pad jayega…
— Omkaaar (@Omkaaar92) June 10, 2021
She has lost senses. If phone is not allowed for the girls then first take them away from boys. Equality is a fundamental right.
— Shivay (@shiv24ani) June 10, 2021
I guess govt should reduce retirement age to max 40yrs …either we should get used to such silly statements
— Sanitiser (@Tirthsi38148566) June 10, 2021
Is this lady in her sane state of mind?? Ya man just blame mother, phones etc. My god it’s just absurd.
Lady WCM resign from your post, people like you are reason for women oppression.
So when mobile was absent, girls did not elope? Girls did not elope who had no mom?
— Smita mahesh 🇮🇳 (@smita_mahesh) June 10, 2021
— Vineeth Sastry (@VineethSastry) June 10, 2021
Is she high on drugs or something?? Who makes such idiots members of a women’s commission?
— logically indian (@RayDurba) June 10, 2021
Say what you will about politicians, especially the ones from UP, they do know how to stay relevant in the news. And, about keeping us entertained.