Outrage! Woman scientist says girl's intestine would have been intact if she didn't resist rape

Express news service Posted: Dec 28, 2012 at 0105 hrs
Bhopal “Had the girl simply surrendered (and not resisted) when surrounded by six men, she would not have lost her intestine. Why was she out with her boyfriend at 10 pm?” These comments made by an agricultural scientist at a seminar organised by the police provoked an outrage in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday, and demands for punitive action against her.

Dr Anita Shukla, a scientist at the Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya, had been invited to the seminar on “Women’s Empowerment” in her capacity as the president of Lion’s Club on Wednesday. Women, Shukla said in her speech, had misused the facilities and rights given to them.

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Following an uproar, Shukla apologised in the evening: “I empathise with the victim and pray to God for her speedy recovery.”

Before coming out with the apology, Shukla, however, had appeared to defend her comments by saying the victim would have been better off not putting up resistance. “When a group of men intend to rape, they will do it. The victim should save herself for bringing the perpetrators to book.”

Senior police officers and the State Women\'s Commission said they were examining Shukla’s comments.