#AintNoCinderella: Indian women mock politician who blamed stalking victim

Prominent women and politicians tweet hashtag AintNoCinderella in support of stalked Varnika Kundu

Ramveer Bhatti, the area vice-president of the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP), said the incident would not have happened had Kundu not been out late.

"It was a white SUV, and as I noticed it, it pulled up and started driving alongside my auto", Kundu said on Facebook.

The stalking case has set off a fresh debate over women's safety in India, which already sees high rates of sexual harassment, rape and abductions. They have been sharing selfies with #AintNoCinderella taken at night to hit back at the politician and the mentality that believes in caging women in order to protect them.

In response, women across India voiced disapproval of the politician by posting selfies of themselves out late at night, accompanied by the hashtag #AintNoCinderella.

"The girl should not have gone out at 12 in the night" he said, according to ABP Live.

"What I do and where I go and at what time I do it is my business". "We need to take care of ourselves", Bhatti, told news channel CNN-News18.

His comments sparked outrage online, with women posting pictures of themselves out after midnight along with defiant messages and the hashtag #AintNoCinderella. Saying they would have avoided being stalked had they not been out at that hour is victim blaming, when the blame should clearly be on the man doing the stalking.

Speaking to The Times of India, he added: "Parents must take care of their children".

Responding to the politician's claims, Kundu said they were part of a "well-established tactic" to intimidate her into backing off from pursuing justice.

"I am exhausted of authorities and other people time and again blaming me for simply being a woman".

The stalking incident snowballed into major controversy after Chandigarh police said that it had retrieved footage from cameras that reportedly showed one of the two suspects was Vikas Barala, the son of Haryana's BJP president Subhash Barala, the Hindustan Times reported.

"The real issues of providing basic infrastructure, making India safe for all its citizen, preventing crime by stricter laws and faster legal processes gets lost while women become an easy target to be blamed upon", said Navani.

"Why shouldn't women go out after midnight?"

"By posting the selfie, I wanted to just create awareness of how we women are exhausted and exasperated of people dictating terms on what we should wear, how we should speak and at what time we should be back home".

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