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Think before befriending boys, UP women’s panel official cautions girls

Girls invite trouble by making friends on social networking sites, according to Sheela Chaturvedi, a member of Uttar Pradesh State Women’s Commission.

“It is the fault of girls for making friends with boys who they don’t know on social networking sites,” Chaturvedi said after hearing 13 cases of atrocities against girls, at Circuit House in Allahabad.

Chaturvedi said this while taking up a case of a girl who had alleged that a police constable had refused to marry her after a two-year relationship. She reportedly asked the complainant that she should have thought before having a relationship with the accused.

Ironically, the women commission member used the occasion to shower praises on Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party (SP) government for its efforts in checking crime against women.

“No governments before took so many concrete measures to check atrocities against women but the SP government had launched 1090 women helpline for girls in distress,” she said. Incidentally, the comments came a day after a chopped body of 20-year-old law student was found on a Lucknow street.

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