Former top cop of Karnataka has defended his comments made for Nirbhaya’s mother during an award function last week.
HT Sangliana, who served as the Director General of Police in Karnataka, said, “As an ex-police DGP (Director General of Police, I consider my statement to be totally within limits. It should be taken in the right spirit. It was complimentary and without ill intention – if it was mistaken by anybody I feel sorry for them…Some people are extra-sensitive.”
Sangliana had stunned the audience of the event, organised to honour women, last week when he said, “I see Nirbhaya’s mother, she has such a good physique. I can just imagine how beautiful Nirbhaya would have been.” His outrageous comments did not end here. He went on to suggest that women should surrender to their rapists and follow the cases later. “if you are overpowered, you should surrender and follow up the case later. That way we can be safe, save our life,” he was quoted as saying.
Nirbhaya’s mother, Asha Devi, too was being felicitated at the event. Also present at the event was IPS officer D Roopa, who tweeted the photos but did not express her outrage on the former DG’s disgusting comments. She wrote, “Met Nirbhaya’s mother today. She spoke how the society stigmatises rape victims rather than stigmatising the culprits. It’s for citizens to play active role in checking crimes against women. Ex MP, retd IPS Sangliana was present I received “Nirbhaya Award” on the occasion.”
Later, when a user asked her on Twitter if she agreed with Sangliana’s comments for Nirbhaya’s mother, Roopa wrote, “Why only me , none on earth would agree with his statement.”
Asha Devi, for her part, said that she had been taken aback by the former DG’s comments. “The way he made comments on me, it shows the mentality of our society which hasn’t changed yet. He should have seen the struggle that we have gone through all these six years. If the society hasn’t changed these years, it is because of these type of people and their mentality,” she was quoted by NDTV.
Nirbhaya was brutally gang-raped in December 2012 in a moving bus in Delhi. She had later succumbed to her injuries. Her rapists are still alive despite the Supreme Court convicting them many months ago. One of her rapists, a juvenile, is now out after serving two years term in a juvenile correction centre.