Me Too Campaign Will Harm Women Because Men Have Power & Jobs, Says BJP MP
The lawmaker claimed that he is more feminist than the women speaking up.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker Udit Raj believes he is much more ‘feminist’ than the women speaking up in India’s Me Too campaign. According to Raj, these women are “not bothered about reputation” and are “getting irritated from male (men)”.
While speaking to Times Now on Tuesday, Raj shamelessly said, “I’m more feminist than them. They are not bothered about reputation. They are getting irritated from male (men). They are not getting jobs. Males are avoiding, even politicians are. Officers are afraid of meeting them alone unless there’s another lady present in the office.”
Shockingly, or not, Raj seemed more concerned about the reputation of the harasser than the ordeal of the victim. “It should be case by case, not a blanket. Suppose tomorrow he (M.J. Akbar) is adjudicated, his reputation is gone. Is he perfect? And actress having full economic freedom, personal freedom, having her choice, moving across the globe and she has her own desire, she can take own decisions and she is suddenly waking up from slumber after 10 years,” he said.
When the reporter asked if Akbar—a BJP minister charged with allegations of sexual harassment—should clarify his stand, Raj said, “Why should he come out (for clarification) or anybody should come. If any lady slaps charges..will your reputation not be gone? There should be some limit…”
Raj asserted that the campaign, which has encouraged hundreds of women all across the country to finally reveal their harassers, is “not helping but harming us.”
He said, “Who will be in harm? It’s a male society. Male have the power. Male have economic power. Male give opportunities. Ultimately, who’s suffering? Women are suffering. Ultimately in a way MeToo campaign is not helping but harming us.”
Earlier on Tuesday morning, the BJP MP also supported actor Nana Patekar, who has been accused of sexual harassment by actor Tanushree Dutta.
Raj took to Twitter and wrote, “Itne saalon baad aise maamle ki satyata ki jaanch kaise ho sakega? (After so many years, how will the truth of such a matter be investigated?).”
#MeToकैम्पेन जरूरी है लेकिन किसी व्यक्ति पर 10 साल बाद यौन शोषण का आरोप लगाने का क्या मतलब है ? इतने सालों बाद ऐसे मामले की सत्यता की जाँच कैसे हो सकेगा?जिस व्यक्ति पर झूठा आरोप लगा दिया जाएगा उसकी छवि का कितना बड़ा नुकशान होगा ये सोचने वाली बात है।गलत प्रथा की शुरुआत है।#MeToo
— Dr. Udit Raj, MP (@Dr_Uditraj) October 9, 2018