A khap panchayat, or a traditional socio-political administration and organization, in Haryana’s Jind district has blamed consumption of chow mein behind the growing incidents of rapes in the state saying it leads to hormonal imbalance.
“To my understanding, consumption of fast food contributes to such incidents. Chow mein leads to hormonal imbalance evoking an urge to indulge in such acts,” said Jitender Chhatar, a resident of Jind’s Chhatar village and thua khap panchayat leader.
“You also know the impact of chow mein, which is a spicy food, on our body. Hence, our elders also advised to consume light and nutritious food,” Chhatar added.
Last week, khap panchayats had evoked outrage after Sube Singh, a khap leader, advocated lowering of age of marriage for girls from 18 years to 16 years on the grounds that young girls are vulnerable to rapes and should be married off earlier.
Om Prakash Chautala, leader of Opposition, too backed the khaps’ demand while Congress leaders including Haryana congress chief Phool Chand Mullana and education minister Geeta Bhukkal had stated that growing rape cases were a conspiracy against the state government.
Dharamvir Goyat, another Congress leader, had sparked off a controversy by saying that 90% of the rape cases were consensual.
This is incredible India! A mixture of modernity and barbarity, luxury and poverty, innovation and tradition, rationality and irrationality, democracy and idiocracy, the future and the past. Women are getting education, they’re working and earning money. But the society is still unbelievably misogynistic. Women get raped everyday, get sex-trafficked everyday, get killed everyday. Everyday women get murdered for not being able to pay dowry, or for not being able to give birth to a son or for not being able to cook good food. Most people do not blame rapists for raping women. They do not blame male domination or misogyny for rapes. Most people still blame women for being raped by men. The good news is, Haryana’s powerful authorities do not blame victims for rapes, but the bad news is, they blame poor chow mein for rapes. Rapists are set free.