Police Commissioner KP Raghuvanshi, Thane, Mumbai on Thursday, Dec 20 has provoked fury by advising women "to avoid rape by not travelling after dark and carrying chilli powder to throw at potential attackers".
His remarks came close on the heels of the brutal gangrape of a 23-year-old in New Delhi, which has led to widespread protest across the country, demanding safety and security for women.
Ranjana Kumari, women rights activist and director of the Centre for Social Research in Delhi criticised the senior cop for his sexist remarks. "This is just a sexist sort of solution. They want women to stay at home. And how is chilli powder going to help against six or seven men?" she said.
Shilpa Kumar, a college-student in Bangalore said that such remark from a senior cop was sad. "It is pathetic. Instead of making women's lives better and safer, cops are making ridiculous comments. Such policemen should be suspended. We want an apology from him."
Meanwhile, the condition of the victim continues to be "critical". Safdarjung hospital doctors, however, said she was "stable". "She is attempting to breathe on her own and is conscious and stable. The night was uneventful and parameters are within expected levels," BD Athani, medical superintendent, said on Thursday.
Terming her a "brave" girl, he said, "We are about to start total parenteral nutrition... That is to provide nutrition through the intravenous route because she will not be able to have food from her mouth because of her intestinal loss."