Journal : People's Daily (English) Date : Author : Huang Jin Page No. : NA
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Noodles, condoms, and the West become painfully absurd reasons that a number of Indian politicians have pointed to as explanations for why rape remains such a problem in India, said GlobalPost on Tuesday.

The rising rates of sexual violence in India has shocked and angered the world. However Indian authorities seem willing to blame just about anything — except for rapists themselves.

When men eat meat, strange things — awful things — can happen. At least that is what Vinay Bihari, a state minister, believes. “People who eat more non-vegetarian food like chicken and fish are inclined towards carrying out molestation and rape,” said Bihari last year, claiming that meat leads to a hot temper.

A local leader from the infamous "khap panchayats" — self-declared unconstitutional caste councils which police morality and call for honor killings — had a similar view. “To my understanding, consumption of fast food contributes to (rape),” said Jitender Chhatar, expressing a special prejudice against Chinese food. “Chinese noodles (Chowmein) leads to hormonal imbalance evoking an urge to indulge in such acts."

A member of the Communist Party of India blamed an advertisement of condom for inciting men, causing outrage on social media. “It is such a dirty and disgusting advertisement. It develops sexuality, and destroys your sensibility,” said Atul Anjan, claiming that such advertising will provoke harassment and rape.

Rapid modernization has also been accused for worsening sexual violence in the country. A politician called for banning students from keeping phones. “Many students misuse mobile phones by watching blue films and hearing obscene songs which pollute their mind,” he said.

If city life just can’t be blamed, there’s always the women themselves. One politician believed that 90 percent of rapes are consensual. Another former chief minister, Om Prakash Chautala, held women’s sexuality responsible for rapes. “Girls should be married at the age of 16, so that they have their husbands for their sexual needs, and they don’t need to go elsewhere,” he said.

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