Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi seems to have stirred a new controversy with her latest statement.

Recently, Mrs Gandhi attended Goafest where she blamed movies for the rise in crime against women in the country as they represent women in an indecent manner. She has also urged the Bollywood fraternity to portray women in a better light.

While addressing a crowd at the Goafest on Friday Maneka Gandhi said, “We have very important reason why men believe they can get away or they indulge in violence against women and that is films. If you look at films, which are a way to communicate messages, you will find romance almost always starts with eve-teasing. The man and friends will surround a woman, be mean to her trip her up, show her down, abuse her, touch her inappropriately and slowly she falls in love with him.”

She added, “Romance in almost every film starts with eve teasing, be it Hindi or in regional films.”

She further added that the powerlessness of men also leads to violence against women. She added, “The man’s feeling of powerlessness; he is being shouted at, his failure in job is also one of the reasons of violence against women.”

A month ago, the Union Minister made a very peculiar statement when she linked hostel curfew times for girls with ‘hormonal outbursts’.

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