August 28, 2016 1:21:38 am
A Congress corporator of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has courted controversy by advising girls from the North-East who reside in the Kalina area and have been complaining of rising cases of sexual harassment, to ‘dress properly’.
Brian Miranda, Congress corporator from Kalina, reportedly told a journalist that young women from the North-East should ‘dress properly’ to avoid harassment and assault.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Miranda said his intention was not to hurt any community or women. “Irrespective of whether they are Maharashtrian or Manipuri girls, they should wear dresses as per our Hindustani culture, and not Western or American culture, to avoid any untoward incident. If such incidents happen, the police should take appropriate action,” said Miranda.
Last week, a 19-year-old Manipuri girl was allegedly molested at Kolaveri in Santacruz (E) by an unknown person. Police said it was the third case of harassment against girls from the North-East in the past six months.
Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam said he asked Miranda to refrain from making such comments. “I asked him not to interfere in anybody’s life. The Congress believes in the civil liberty,” said Nirupam.
Senior inspector of Vakola police station Mahadev Wavale said that precautions were being taken to avoid such incidents.
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