While we as citizens of this country are still fighting stereotypes and working towards cracking a formula on ways to curb or end crime and atrocities against women, a ruling BJP MLA, Pannalal Shakya from Madhya Pradesh's Guna, knows the root cause and has something bizarre to say.
While addressing the students of a government college in Guna on Friday, the BJP MLA according to a report filed by Deccan Chronicle, blamed 'boyfriend culture' for the growing incidents of rape and molestation and said,
“Ladkiyan boyfriends kyun banati hain... Nahin banana chahiye aur atyachar bhi nahin honge."
Standing by what he said, he told Hindustan Times on Sunday,
“I am against western culture and my speech was based on that only.”
This isn't the first time that Shakya has said something controversial.
He is the same man who had earlier sparked a row by calling Indian skipper Virat Kohli 'unpatriotic' for choosing Tuscany as the destination of his wedding with actor Anushka Sharma.
This is how Twitter reacted:
Don't know about boyfriends, but if this man stops making speeches, a lot of the atrocities will stop. 🙄🙄— Pratichi (@pratichi) March 25, 2018
why do men blame women for everything bad that happens TO women? if they stop doing this, their blinkers will come off. https://t.co/3zrc3i1mGL— nari mukti morcha talks (@PedestrianPoet) March 25, 2018
BJP MLA from MP's Guna, Pannalal Shakya says rapes are rising in the state because ‘girls kept boyfriends’. He had earlier called Virat Kohli unpatriotic for getting married in Italy.— Tohid Qureshi (@tohidivity) March 25, 2018
Dont blame #PannalalShakya It is our stupidity that we selected a legislature like him. Had we been more careful in whom we select, we would not have faced this issue in first place. जब बोया पेड़ बबूल का तो आम कहाँ से होएय— SAMEER SRIVASTAVA (@TheDogOfPhantom) March 25, 2018
Another reason why India is still developing after years of independence - politicians still living in the 70's https://t.co/p12LF1Vtvj— Rachel (@sweariwontswear) March 25, 2018
#PannalalShakya shud mind his own business in terms of personal choices. His words r neither encouraging nor logical. Somehow BJP has such twats in their party membership pool. 1st ...he oughtta stop being corrupt with rubbish knowledge and then become an MLA !!! #Twat— funky_man (@funky_man) March 26, 2018
@BJP4MP MLA #PannaLalShakya reportedly some unsolicited advice for girls....😑😑😑For a good,safe life keep the boyfriend awayReally!!!!!Leaving you in the open like this is not safe....maybe some asylum is a good idea ☝️☝️☝️#ClassIdiots #WhyDoWeSufferSuchFools— Payal Mehta (@payalmehta100) March 26, 2018