Police chief tells women to fend off rapists with chili powder
The Delhi bus gang rape has sparked demonstrations all over India, including these Indian students marching on the residence of Delhi's chief minister to demand the death penalty for rapists. Photograph: Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images

Another public official is making controversial statements about what women can do to protect themselves against rape.

Surprisingly, this time it isn't coming from an old, male, American lawmaker. Instead, it's coming from K.P. Raghuvanshi, the police commissioner in the Indian city of Thane outside of Mumbai, who said women should carry chili powder to throw at possible attackers as a way to fend them off.

He made his comments as countrywide protests continue after a 23-year-old woman was gang-raped and beaten on a bus in Delhi.

Protesters have called Raghuvanshi's statement "idiotic." Student Kajol Batra countered, "We shouldn't have to protect ourselves with cooking ingredients." 

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What do you think about this police chief's recommendation?

 
 
 
 
By Jamie Rivera 12/21/2012 14:46:00

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