Banfalore: Karnataka Congress legislator Shakuntala Shetty has blamed mobile phones for rapes, embarrassing the ruling party at a time when a spate of sex crimes has rocked the nation and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked politicians not to “psychoanalyse” the reason behind such cases.
The coastal Karnataka MLA’s explanation came close on the heels of her advice to Muslim girls to “join the mainstream” by shedding the burqa.
Kicking up a fresh controversy, the Karnataka Legislature Committee for Women and Child Development headed by Shetty recommended a ban on mobile phones in schools and colleges in a report tabled before the state assembly on Friday, linking the use of the gadget to growing rapes in the country.
“Mobile phones are spoiling the atmosphere in schools and colleges. They are used to lure girls to remote places where they are raped,” the report said.
Shetty, who had been a BJP MLA from 2004 to 2007, joined the Congress in February 2013 and won a seat in the assembly elections held last summer.