West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Saturday called a section of women students of Jadavpur University “shameless” and alleged they “intentionally threw themselves on others” after ABVP workers were booked for allegedly molesting students during a commotion over screening of a film.
Claiming the molestation allegations were “false”, Ghosh wondered why the female students were present when clashes broke out between Left-leaning students and activists of RSS student wing ABVP, after campus screening of Vivek Agnihotri’s film “Buddha in A Traffic Jam” on May 6
“Those who fear so much for their modesty, why did they go there? This is shamelessness. Making such allegations (of molestation) is very cheap. These girls don’t deserve to be supported. They intentionally threw themselves on others and are now blaming others,” Ghosh told media persons in Kolkata.
“ABVP is a students’ organisation and has all the right to reach out to the students. If they (left students) believe in freedom of speech, then others also have that right. Why would they question the entry of BJP or ABVP activists in the university.
“I feel very bad that being students of a university, they are bringing such indecent allegations. This is very shameful,” he said.
He justified his comments on Sunday by saying, “The male students wear women undergarments while female students put up sanitary napkins to voice their protest, they publicly kiss each other in the name of protest. Is this decency? Is this what we want our next generation to learn.”
After the clashes, the university had filed a police complaint against four outsiders - three of them ABVP activists - for allegedly molesting female students.
His remarks were slammed by Congress and CPI-M party members and activists.
“If the BJP and the RSS have any kind of morality then they should seek apology from the women folk of our country,” said state Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.
“Foul-mouthed BJP state leaders habitual comment is nothing unusual! It’s in complete consonance with the Taliban mindset of the RSS,” tweeted CPI-M state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra.
“This reflects his mindset. Crime against women has increased by 32% after the BJP came to power at the Centre. Shameful incidents are taking place. He should at least think before saying. The BJP top brass must ensure that such leaders tender an apology for such disgusting statements,” National Commission for Women chief Mamata Sharma on Sunday.
Women rights activist Nisha Sidhu said such derogatory remark reveals cheap mentality.