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Rape remark: NCP leader faces dismissal

Posted on Jan 29 2014 | IBNS

Nagpur, Jan 29 : Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Asha Mirje, who has triggered a controversy by saying that gangrape victims themselves were also responsible for such incidents, might be sacked by her party, media reports said.

"Mirje, who was on her way to Hyderabad on Wednesday to attend a women's convention, was summoned by the party high command after her controversial statement," Hindustan Times reported.

The women's commission member was expected to reach Mumbai on Wednesday evening.

Referring to the Delhi and Mumbai gangrape incidents, Mirje told a gathering at Nagpur: "Did Nirbhaya really needed to go and watch a movie at 11 pm in the night with a friend?"

"You can also take the Shakti Mills gang rape case ... Why did she (victim) go to an isolated place at 6 pm?" she said.

Asking women to be careful, the NCP leader said: "We need to be careful. We should ask ourselves that where am I going? With whom I am going and do I really need to go to that place?"

She said sexual assault on women occurs due to their "clothes, behaviour and for being at unfit places".

Meanwhile, Mirge later admitted her mistake and apologised.

"I am not a politician, my intention was not to hurt anyone. I express my regret," Mirge was quoted as saying by Economics Times.

NCP party chief Sharad Pawar's MP daughter Supriya Sule, who was present with Mirge reportedly admitted that what Mirge said was inappropriate.

However, Sule pleaded for the matter to be closed after Mirge apologised.

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