The nation is still coming to terms with the harrowing incident that took place in Chandigarh on Friday night when Varnika Kundu, a 29-year-old DJ, was allegedly stalked and harassed relentlessly.
One of the stalkers turned out to be Haryana BJP President’s son, Vikas Barala.
They kept following my car. Tried to block my way & even tried opening my car’s door: Girl stalked by Haryana BJP Pres’ son Vikas Barala pic.twitter.com/L14xDGU6nn— ANI (@ANI_news) August 6, 2017
The entire incident can be seen in a CCTV footage that was retrieved recently.
While support for Varnika has been pouring in from all corners, there are still some out there who are happily placing the entire blame on the woman herself.
People like BJP Haryana’s Vice-President Ramveer Bhatti who was quoted as saying that “Parents must take care of their children… they shouldn’t allow them to roam at night. Children should come home on time, why stay out at night?”
While this careless statement of his drew the ire of millions out there, one person decided to vent his anger publicly.
And he was none other than musician Vishal Dadlani.
In a series of tweets, Dadlani publicly blasted not just Bhatti but the governance as well.
All morning, I’ve been seeing news reports discrediting a woman who had the courage to stand up to a politically-connected harasser.— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) August 7, 2017
Some moron even asked “why was she out that late?”. Because YOU assured her that she’d be safe. “Bahut hua naari pe vaar”. Remember?— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) August 7, 2017
Our leaders must work towards a country where women don’t need to be protected at all! Drop the “rishton ke bandhan” stuff & DO something!— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) August 7, 2017
Also, naari/purush is beside the point. BOTH should be safe and secure. One gets killed for eating meat. The other gets treated like meat.— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) August 7, 2017
So stop with the platitudes on Raksha Bandhan. Neither are you doing any “raksha”, nor do you seem to have any “bandhan” with the people.— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) August 7, 2017
And the Twitterati agreed with him.
Fully in support of ur view sir!!! 💯— Rumiza 🐾 (@MyGREYHeart) August 7, 2017
Hope they do, stop working for themselves and start working for the oath they take…#sweartoserve.!— Ehdi_gunda (@salmanS3639) August 7, 2017
Leaders cant make society. it is the education and positive environment of society make people behave that way.— Padmesh Kumar Jha (@padmesh_kumar) August 7, 2017
Well said, Mr. Dadlani. Well said.