Karnataka ex-top cop regrets ‘good physique’ comment on Nirbhaya’s mother

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Bengaluru, March 17 (IANS) Karnataka's former Director General of Police (DGP) H.T. Sangliana on Friday regretted his comment on Delhi gang-rape victim Nirbhaya's mother. He had said Nirbhaya's mother was a woman with
Indian women hold placards and shout slogans during a protest against violence against women on the eve of International Women's Day in Ahmadabad, India, Saturday, March 7, 2015. Placards read "provide security to women," center top, “Set up committees in educational institutions against sexual harassment,” right, and “Make public the use of Nirbhaya fund every month.” (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

Bengaluru: Karnataka’s former Director General of Police (DGP) H.T. Sangliana on Friday regretted his comment on Delhi gang-rape victim Nirbhaya’s mother. He had said Nirbhaya’s mother was a woman with “good physique”.

“I’m sorry that my statements have been twisted. I meant that Nirbhaya’s (name by which the 2012 Delhi gang-rape victim is known) mother looks very smart and good in her physique. Her daughter, Nirbhaya, must have also been a beautiful girl. I think that beautiful people need protection so they don’t become victims in the future,” Sangliana told the media here.

Sangliana, a member of the ruling Congress in the southern state and a former Lok Sabha member commented on Asha Devi at an event in the city on March 9 where women achievers were honoured.

His statement was meant only as a “compliment” and to highlight the need for protection for women, he asserted, speaking to media on Friday.

“I think people are making an issue out of a non-issue.”

The gang-rape of the 23-year-old student Nirbhaya in Delhi on December 16, 2012, by a group of six men, caught international attention after she succumbed to injuries.