Karnataka Home Minister jumps to damage control, says ‘statement interpreted out of context’Under attack over his controversial remarks following incidents of mass molestations on New Year’s eve, Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara today said that ‘he was extremely pained that his statement was interpreted out of context’ and ‘not taken
Under attack over his controversial remarks following incidents of mass molestations on New Year’s eve, Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara today said that ‘he was extremely pained that his statement was interpreted out of context’ and ‘not taken in its entirety’.
Speaking to media here, the minister said that he was committed to the protection of women and suspected a hidden agenda behind highlighting the incident.
"My comments had nothing to do with molestation. Nothing to do with westernised culture. The remarks referred to the incident, it was not about dress or molestation," he said.
"This all started from January 2. Is there a hidden agenda? I don’t know," he said without elaborating.
Parameshwara said that he was not one who treats women in a different sense, but respects them, for everyone hails from that kind of culture.
"I never even mentioned the word molestation. I don’t know how this whole thing took a different turn, which altogether gave an impression that I made a statement that molestation happens every time, which was absolutely wrong. The choice of every citizen of our country should be respected. Women have equal rights, respect and protection under the Constitution," he said.
"I have full respect. I have sisters, my mother, my wife, and I am not such a person to treat women in a different sense. We all respect our families, womenfolk. We come from that kind of a culture. We never see them in a different sense," the minister added.
The horrific incidents of alleged molestation of several women on MG Road and Brigade Road during New Year revelry came to light on January 2, triggering a national outrage.
Parameshwara had earlier talked about the Western ways of youngsters in remarks that came under scathing attack from different quarters.
"Youngsters who are almost like westerners, they try to copy westerners not only in mindset, but even the dressing," he had said.
On the Kamanahalli molestation case, he said that an FIR had already been registered and police have some leads.
“The culprits would be brought to book and won’t be spared,” he said, adding that ‘police are working round-the-clock on the footage culled from CCTV camera’.
In the Kammanahalli incident, a woman was groped and assaulted by two scooter-borne men near her home with the shocking incident caught on camera.