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Is it proper for women to be out at midnight: Botsa

DC | Ch V.M. Krishna Rao | 25th Dec 2012

Hyderabad: At a time when the vicious sexual attack on a woman in Delhi has brought angry people out onto the streets to protest the manner in which women are regarded and treated, Pradesh Congress Committee president Botsa Satyanarayana chose to make belittling comments relating to the gang-rape incident.


A few minutes later, he withdrew his remarks and apologised, but that was done to limit the political fallout of his comments.

Speaking to newspersons at Gandhi Bhavan, the PCC president made light of the gang-rape incident in Delhi by calling it “a small incident”.

Following the all-too-common trend to blame the woman rather than her attackers, he said: “Just because the country attained independence at midnight, is it proper for women moving at midnight? That particular woman (the Delhi rape victim) should have applied her mind before boarding the private bus. Anyway, it was a small incident. But Congress president Sonia Gandiji with her kind and big heart held talks with student leaders who were agitating for the last three days over the incident and tried to pacify them.”

After he returned to his chambers, where he continued to chat informally with newspersons, he received a call on his mobile from a woman who asked him about his comment on curtailing the movements of women at night, and said it was being prominently carried by all Telugu news channels.
 

'‘Small’ remark was unintended'

It was the adverse publicity rather than any change of heart that sent Pradesh Congress Committee president Botsa Satyanarayana racing to hold another press conference at which he said that it was not his intention to insult or pass remarks or make any insinuations against women. He appealed to the media not to highlight it.

He also corrected his statement calling the gang rape a small issue, and said it is a serious and major incident that is to be condemned by one and all. 

Regarding his comments on women moving around at midnight, he clarified that his intention was to say that women should freely move even at midnight or in the wee hours.

He appealed to women not to get agitated over his earlier remarks since he has withdrawn the remarks. He said he only reacted as a father, which neither makes sense nor excuses the original remarks which reflect what many politicians have said in the past too and explains why the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2012 currently before Parliament is such an ineffective piece of legislation.

Later at night, he issued a statement saying: “My intention was not to hurt anybody. I strongly condemned the rape issue and demanded that the culprits be brought to book. I regret if my comments hurt anybody.”

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Concerned Indian's picture
by Concerned Indian (not verified) on
He retracted after he was reminded by some one,else he told what was on his mind. This is the kind of people who were ministers and heads of the party. WAKE UP INDIA! get rid of such useless good for nothing politicians.
Imu's picture
by Imu (not verified) on
U R Right bro... and for the kind information of Mr. Botsa, it was not mid night, it was just only 9:15 PM that too in the area which is fully crowded... Just start movement Quit Congress Quit Communal Minded Parties, then India will be a free democratic country.. Mr. Botsa Congress is no more in coming election and may be early elections held... Congress the worst party for india..
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by Nicholas (not verified) on
Actually, EVERY single party in India is useless, not just Congress.
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by Free (not verified) on
Yes Botsa, under the congress rule India has not got the freedom yet. The day, the people of India throw out congress for good with a movement named "Quit Congress Movement" then India has achieved the freedom in true sense.
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by AS1 (not verified) on
A true politician at his best. Within minutes what a change of heart. These politicians use the media to first create a controversy & then survive and build their empire on them. The whole episode looked funny as it would have removed his skin within and then finally -- His intention was not to hurt anybody...
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by Srini Nedela (not verified) on
Botsa was correct and did say it from his heart when he said it the first time. The second speech after minutes later was fabricated to save his political position. We all know from the first comments that people like Botsa do not care or have any respect to females. Probably he may not respect his wife, mother, sister, daughter. Any person who has a decency and a heart will not say 'Gang Rape' is a small incident. This pathetic girl in Delhi is still fighting for her life including from infection. As we all know, any major incident in the common person's life is a small incident for some of the politicians like Botsa. People like Botsa are a shame to the society. Shame to Andhra Pradesh and to this Earth. I would not be surprised if it comes in the news that Botsa sold his wife, mother and/or daughter for his political power. Congress must be proud to have people like Botsa in their party. Shame on him, Shame on CM, Shame on Congress. It would be shame on the people, if he gets re-elected to his party.
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by shivank (not verified) on
Senseless corrupt politicians has created a worthless, ineligible policing and judiciary has gone into sleep. And I do not like to judge or comment on these corrupt/bad people, because it the stupidity of the individuals and public to silently take the pain and still expecting something good coming out of these worthless people. Unless individuals stand out and fight for their rights we're all going to the woods. And people will only understand and feel the pain of the victims when we ourselves or our family undergoes such incident.
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by Vasudev (not verified) on
Only one question to Mr Botsa on his second statement..... "I regret if my comments hurt anybody.” Whether is understand what he said with an IF condition...'I regret if.....' Do he still doesn't understand that his comments are unacceptable? What was his intention when he gave a senceless statement and again calling “My intention was not to hurt anybody...." When blunt mistake is done, why the same is not being accepted unconditionally?
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by Ahmed Daiyani (not verified) on
Calling this a small incident is crap. But I partially agree with his further comment on women roaming in the night. It's simple we need to watch our own back, we cant expect every one to be literate and morally conceived there is every kind present on the roads. If a dog barks at you, you dont bark back at him you avoid him. At times if you want to be safe you avoid the dogs instead of blaming them for biting us. Be cautious!!!
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by Mira (not verified) on
Ok So What you're trying to say Mr.BOtsa that men rule the world after 7 pm in the night? Did you know That Gandhiji Once said that India will only attain freedom when a women can travel alone at midnight and return home safely! And yet India has not yet achieved freedom.
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by Vasudev (not verified) on
Mira, It was Ravindranath Thagore said in Geetanjali, not any Gandhi...
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by Universal (not verified) on
FOR THESE GUYS MURDER IS A SMALL THING,RAPE IS ROUTINE, CORRUPTION IS A WAY OF LIFE, SCAMS ARE PART OF EVERY DAY LIFE AND THE OTHER GUY TELLS DO WE HAVE TO TALK TO MAOISTS? ALL THESE DAYS WHAT THESE GUYS ARE ASKING COME FOR NEGOTIATIONS EVEN ON 28TH OF THIS WITH WHOM THEY ARE GOING TO TALK??????????? THOSE GUYS WHO CAUSED LOT OF DAMAGE TO THE STATE IN LAW AND ORDER AND DEVELOPMENT BY NOT GETTING ANY GOOD INDUSTRY TO THE STATE. WHAT A SHAMELESS PEOPLE WE HAVE TO RULE US. VOTERS DUMP THESE GUYS IN 2014 FOR YOUR OWN FUTURE. JAIHIND
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by Raok (not verified) on
Let's ask this. Do you have dare to go around with out any security which normally used to show off as an important person. Sala,hope the same event happens with your familyl, we all pray for it.
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by Indian at heart (not verified) on
This is the dumbest act coming from another cheap politician. The best way is to get rid of him in next elections.
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by true This (not verified) on
This is such a shameful statement. This guy was a Minister seriously what is wrong with us to vote such people to power. Wake up India all these people care about is how can we steal from the people and fill their banks . Wake up India keep such people out of power.
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by cpn (not verified) on
He should resign . We do not need such leaders in India.
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by rashmi 21 (not verified) on
idiot how can he speak like that being a responsible person... he is indirectly supporting those rapists. So wake up voters we are voting for this kind of idiots. Botsa understands the situation when his family faces such situation. hopeless politicians

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