Indian Politicians and their comments regarding Sexual Violence/Rapes A Congress leader in Madhya Pradesh has landed himself in a controversy by saying that women invite trouble by looking at men in a suggestive manner. He drew a lot of flak from across the country. â€œJab tak mahila tirchi najar se nahi dekhegi, tab tak purush use nahi chedegaâ€ (No man will harass a woman till she looks at him in a suggestive manner),â€ Satyadev Katare, a former minister, said at a Congress rally in Bhind district on Tuesday. But this is not the first time someone has blamed women for sexual assaults. From blaming short skirts for rapes, to even suggesting chowmein should be banned to curb the crime â€”the reasons given by our leaders and politicians are more than bizarre. Hereâ€™s a look at some of their comments: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat: Villages that embody the spirit of â€œBharatâ€ rather than â€œIndiaâ€ donâ€™t produce a culture of rape. Thatâ€™s something that you see in areas in which western cultureâ€™s poison has seeped into Indian souls, most notably in urban areas. Babulal Gaur, senior BJP Minister from Madhya Pradesh: Foreign culture is not good for India. Women in foreign countries wear jeans and T-shirts, dance with other men and even drink liquor, but that is their culture. Itâ€™s good for them, but not for India, where only our traditions and culture are OK. The Anjuman Muslim Panchayat in Salumbur town in Rajasthan decreed that girls should not use mobile phones outside their own homes or dance at weddings so that â€œthey do not get involved with boysâ€. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee: Earlier if men and women would hold hands, they would get caught by parents and reprimanded but now everything is so open. Itâ€™s like an open market with open options. Rapes happen because men and women interact freely. Jamaat-E-Islami Hind Secretary General Nusrat Ali: Co-education should be abolished and proper education facilities meant exclusively for women should be available at all level of education. Educational institutions should prescribe sober and dignified dress for girls. Jitendar Chattar, leader of a Khap Panchayat: To my understanding, consumption of fast food contributes to such incidents. Chowmein leads to hormonal imbalance evoking an urge to indulge in such acts. Congress MP Abhijit Mukherjee, son of President Pranab Mukherjee: Those who claim to be students â€“ I can see many beautiful women among them â€“ highly dented-painted [sic] â€“ theyâ€™re giving interviews on TV, theyâ€™ve brought their children to show them the scenes. I have grave doubts whether theyâ€™re students, because women of that age are generally not students. Abu Asim Azmi, state president of the Maharashtra Samajwadi Party: I support death penalty for the Delhi rapists but there should also be a law that women should not wear less clothes and roam around with boys who are not their relatives. What is the need for roaming at night with men who are not relatives? This should be stopped. Asaram Bapu, self-proclaimed godman: She (Delhi gangrape victim) should have taken Godâ€™s name and could have held the hand of one of the men and said â€˜I consider you as my brotherâ€™, and should have said to the other two â€˜Brother I am helpless, you are my brother, my religious brother.â€ Dharambir Goyat, Haryana Congress leader: I donâ€™t feel any hesitation in saying that 90 per cent of the girls want to have sex intentionally but they donâ€™t know that they would be gang raped.