Taslima Nasreen calls Delhi bus public masturbation incident ‘victim-less crime’, faces backlash on Twitter
Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen said public masturbation was “better than rape” and said men should resort to it instead of raping or murdering. However, her comments on Twitter didn’t go down well with many social media users.india Updated: Feb 13, 2018 17:31 IST
Author Taslima Nasreen calling public masturbation a ‘victim-less crime’ in response to a man masturbating inside a bus while sitting next to a 23-year-old woman, has drawn the ire of several social media users.
An unidentified middle-aged man masturbated sitting next to the Delhi University student in a bus in south Delhi and allegedly tried to molest her, on February 7.
The Bangladeshi author tweeted twice about the incident – first on Monday, and then on Tuesday after she received flak for her comment. While her second tweet read that women are not safe in practically any situation or scenario, it was the author’s first tweet that enraged tweeple.
Bus not safe for women,train not safe, streets not safe,crowded place not safe, deserted place not.Night not safe for women,day also not safe. School not safe. office not. Even home not safe. Because of men. Men have to give up misogyny to let half of human species live safely.— taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) February 13, 2018
A man in a crowded Delhi bus masturbated. It should not be considered a big crime in the era of rape culture. Men should rather masturbate, than rape and murder. Is masturbating in public a crime? Well it is a victim-less crime.— taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) February 12, 2018
Nasreen tweeted saying that public masturbation, “should not be considered a big crime in the era of rape culture...Is masturbating in public a crime? Well it is a victim-less crime.”
Both her tweets have been shared over 700 times.
While some users point out that masturbation is not victimless and traumatises the victim, several seem appalled at her “supporting an obscene act in public”.
it traumatises the viewer. how the fuck is it a victimless crime— priya (@priya_ebooks) February 13, 2018
I disagree, the victims are people who have no control over what they are forced to see. They have not consented to a person sexually pleasuring themselves in front of them. It gets even worse when you consider that public spaces are supposed to be safe spaces for children.— Raghav Sagar (@raaghav_s) February 12, 2018
Is masturbating in public a crime?— TeachinglawsofIndia (@tlawsofindia) February 12, 2018
Sec 354, Sec 509, Sec 268 IPC
This is sick..that you even consider this as a doable thing.— Devil's Advocate (@_MrPr0_) February 12, 2018
But one as to agree the degree of discomfort caused to the person next to him. How is it victimless if there's a girl he's looking at. Pretty sure he wouldn't do that if there was a guy next to him. It's not like he's looking at some magazine. He's looking at her.— Deb D (@BakayokoHaram) February 13, 2018
A few users, however, agreed with Nasreen but were of the opinion that men should control their sexual desire in public.
You have a point but can't he just control his sexual desires in public place ?— Sarkar (@Nidhipa) February 12, 2018
Agreed on every points other than the last point. Victim here is the public— Senti Human (@senti_human) February 13, 2018
The woman reported the matter to the police with a video of the incident after which an FIR was registered at Vasant Vihar police station on Sunday. She said no other passenger on the bus came to her support when she raised an alarm.
The incident took place aboard an orange cluster bus plying on route number 774. The woman was returning home from college when she felt the seat shaking. “I was reading a book when the seat started shaking. I soon realised that the man sitting beside me was indulging in something wrong. He repeatedly tried to touch my waist with his elbow. I recorded his act on my mobile phone before calling him out,” she said.