"She was asking for it" has never been, and will never be, a valid excuse for violence against women. Whether a woman's walking home from a party in a miniskirt or walking to school in a hijab, she's not the one at fault.
So when a North Indian politician blamed a stalking victim for bringing on her own attack by being out "so late," Indian women had the perfect response.
The vice president of Haryana BJP, Ramveer Bhatti, blamed the victim of a stalking case for prompting her own attack by "driving so late."
"The girl should not have gone out at 12 in the night. Why was she driving so late in the night? The atmosphere is not right. We need to take care of ourselves," he told CNN-News 18, according to ABP Live.
This is absurd. Why should any woman have to refrain from living her life in order to not be attacked? How can anyone, let alone a politician, shift the blame onto a victim?
We shouldn't have to change our lives in order to prevent attacks. Perpetrators are the only ones who are responsible for violence. This should not be up for dispute — it's attitudes like these that perpetuate rape culture.