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5 Sexist Things That Were Better Left Unsaid in 2013

Published: Dec 28, 2013 06:08:16 AM IST
Updated: Dec 28, 2013 02:13:03 PM IST
5 Sexist Things That Were Better Left Unsaid in 2013
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The girl is as guilty as her rapists. She should have called the culprits brothers and begged before them to stop... Can one hand clap? I don't think so.
Asaram Bapu on the Delhi gangrape victim

5 Sexist Things That Were Better Left Unsaid in 2013


I am afraid of talking to women. In fact, I don’t even want to keep a woman secretary. God forbid if there is a complaint against me and I end up in jail.
Farooq Abdullah, National Conference leader




5 Sexist Things That Were Better Left Unsaid in 2013

Those who are coming in the name of students in the [Delhi gangrape] protest...beautiful women...highly dented and painted...I wonder whether they are students at all.
Abhijit Mukherjee, son of President Pranab Mukherjee



5 Sexist Things That Were Better Left Unsaid in 2013


A husband and wife are involved in a contract under which the husband has said that you should take care of my house and I will take care of all your needs... Till the time the wife follows the contract, the husband stays with her, if the wife violates the contract, he can disown her.
Mohan Bhagwat, RSS chief


5 Sexist Things That Were Better Left Unsaid in 2013



It’s like...if you can’t prevent rape, enjoy it.
Ranjit Sinha, CBI chief, making a case for legalised betting

Images: Farooq : Fayaz Kabli / Reuters; Abhijit, Bhagwat, Ranjit: Getty Images

(This story appears in the 10 January, 2014 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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  • Mahi

    I saw the original clip of the comment made by Asaram Bapu. Nowhere has he said \'Talli ek hath se nahi bajati\'. Misquoted by media. However his \'bhaiyya\' theory is funny.

    on Jan 4, 2014
  • Mahi

    More on the Asaram Bapu comment. http://storify.com/nationalizer/asaram-and-gandhi-is-there-any-difference-between

    on Jan 3, 2014
  • Ponnam

    Rape is brutal in any country! Applying force is a criminal act and inhuman! Such acts should get punishment. I do not agree with those who think men should have more privileges than women.

    on Jan 3, 2014
  • Vijayabhaskara Reddy Satti

    Rape is brutal in any country! Applying force is a criminal act and inhuman! Such acts should get punishment. I do not agree with those who think men should have more privileges than women.

    on Dec 28, 2013
  • Sourav Chopra

    haaaaah.... I wont say more... bt if men r lyk these shameless n senseless people...thn m feeling shame on me TO B A MAN... BT ALSO FEELING PROUD THT I HV TWO SISTERS....

    on Dec 28, 2013
  • Anonymous

    Though the last comment is unfortunate, it isn\'t sexist. It can be rape of either sexes.

    on Dec 28, 2013
    • Sohini

      Interesting POV, Anonymous! Have you ever heard of a man getting raped? Or can you cite any instance of a man being sexually violated by a woman? Is there any lingo for that. Rape in the Indian society (and specifically in the CBI chief\'s statement) refers to only one kind. And you know what that is. Sexist enough, then?

      on Dec 29, 2013
      • Voice Of Treason

        Erm, Madam Sohini, have you not heard of boys getting sodomised? Is that not rape in your dictionary? Anon is correcting a flawed mindset, and you are reinforcing it by saying \"in Indian society, refers to only one kind\". Absurd and how! Child abuse is also rape, madam author. Or do you think otherwise?

        on Dec 29, 2013
  • Sushil Sharma

    Agree with Mohan Bhagwat

    on Dec 28, 2013
    • Sohini

      So, what exactly falls under \"following contract\" and \"violating contract\" ? Has Mohan Bhagwat elaborated on that? Or you have the answers?

      on Dec 29, 2013