It was not a happy new year for folks celebrating the day at MG road, Bengaluru. The incident of mass molestation has raised several questions about women’s safety and police inaction. But Tuesday saw a new twist to the incident, with Abu Azmi, Mumbai-based Samajwadi Party leader, reacting to the mass molestation with misogynist comments.
“When a few women in half dress come out on the streets at late night with their friends, such incidents do occur,” Azmi said. Azmi has been known for issuing similar statements in the past. For example, “Women are precious like gold. If you expose them, they’ll be looted. Women should not move around like men late night. They are weak, so they should think before they venture out.” In reference to rape cases, he had said, “When villagers come to big cities they see women with lesser clothes and make-up... that’s why such incidents happen in the country.”
In the past, daughter-in-law and former actress Ayesha Takia had condemned his remarks about rape and women’s dressing sense.
if wot im reading about my father in laws statements r true then me and Farhan are deeply embarrassed n ashamed...— Ayesha Takia Azmi (@Ayeshatakia) April 11, 2014
We surely do nottt share this mindset...its disrespectful to women.if these statements r true then its sad.— Ayesha Takia Azmi (@Ayeshatakia) April 11, 2014
While media virally ran his comments on the mass molestation, here's what Azmi remarked about it late on Tuesday.
Media is just making a issue out of it.All crime against women is condemnable.Our Culture should be strictly followed is my firm opinion.— Abu Asim Azmi (@abuasimazmi) January 3, 2017
I strongly codemn the Banglore Incident.I appeal to the media not to quote me out of context.My opinion is we should follow our culture.— Abu Asim Azmi (@abuasimazmi) January 3, 2017
Starting 2017 on a sexist note and hearing it from someone like Abu Azmi was enough to incite a twitter war, with two hashtags trending simultaneously- #NotAllMen and #YesAllWomen.
While #NotAllMen was trying to establish that every man is not a rapist, not a groper, not an eve teaser and so on, #YesAllWomen had strong voices speaking of how several women have undergone assaults no matter what.
Some men on Twitter called out those ‘defending’ their gender with #NotAllMen hash tag and asked them to stop diverting attention from the real issue. Women too asked how #NotAllMen would fix the problem at hand.
Here's a look at some of the tweets-
Ok men that's it. If you don't shut up with this #NotAllMen thing i'ma have to do a punparty with it & your day will get exponentially worse— Rohan (@mojorojo) January 3, 2017
Forgive the ignorance, but how does #notallmen address women's safety concerns? Should we be grateful that some men are good?— Rashi Wadhera (@Rashiwadhera) January 3, 2017
Remembering this comic strip today pic.twitter.com/wUJGbaoa32— mitronfuckinjump (@TeaPyali) January 3, 2017