Indore: In a reference to the July 10 molestation incident in Guwahati, Madhya Pradesh Industries Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya on Saturday said that the safety of women and respect accorded to them depended on how well they behaved and the dignity with which they carried themselves.
"When we accept traditions in this country, we will then see its positive effects. I always request women to have a respectful character, respectful attitude, and dress respectfully. If they do so then there will be no problems in society," he said.
He added, "Women should behave in such a way so that other people treat them with respect. Their fashion, lifestyle and conduct should be in accordance with Indian culture," further saying that they should not wear clothes which "provoke" others.
"Women should dress in such a way that they invoke respect in others. However, unfortunately women are dressing provocatively, which is leading to deviation in society," he said.
In Guwahati, a minor girl was molested and beaten up at a busy road in the Christian Basti area by a mob of around 20 men on July 10.
While the police has arrested 11 of the accused, the key accused, Amar Jyoti Kalita, is still absconding.
Reports say he had fled to Odisha, from where he fled to Mumbai.
The TV reporter who shot the incident on his camera, however, was on Friday evening arrested and booked under eleven counts including assault, kidnap and theft.
(With additional information from PTI)