Kirron Kher’s Chandigarh gang rape comment stirs controversy

Actor-politician Kirron Kher invited trouble for herself by making an insensitive comment against the girl, who was gang raped by an auto-rickshaw driver and his two friends earlier this month.

"I want to tell this girl and all other girls that if you see already three men sitting in the auto, they you should not board it. I am saying this to protect girls," Kirron Kher said on Wednesday in a statement as an advice to the rape survivor.

"We all have to be alert about such things. I am saddened by what has happened with the woman," Kirron Kher told reporters.

Following her statement, outrage prevailed and opposition took a dig at Kirron Kher for making such unpleasant remark.

Clarifying her stage, the MP today said that she never intended to blame or shame the 21-year-old woman. "I just said we are living in bad times. We all, especially ladies, have to take precautions. As a mother, I am saying this that we need to take care," she said.

"If the Congress wants to make an issue out of it, I cannot help," Kirron Kher added.

Congress leader Pawan Kumar Bansal slammed the BJP parliamentarian, saying: "I am amazed how she gave such a seems like a light take on a serious matter. Instead, she should say how she is going to make Chandigarh a safer place for women."

On November 17 night, a girl hired an auto-rickshaw for her PG after attending her stenography class. There were two men, apart from the driver, in the vehicle.

The woman, who hails from Uttarakhand, Dehradun told the police that the driver took the auto to the gas station for a CNG refuel and then took a bizarre turn. After going few distances, he allegedly stopped the auto and said it had broken down. 

She then got down the auto to take another one and then the three men allegedly dragged her into the bushes and raped her.

The police caught the driver, Mohammed Irfan, and his two associates Garib and Poppu in a week after the assault.

Earlier this week, Irfan allegedly tried to commit suicide in police custody.