Wed, 28 Aug 2013 20:00:00 GMT | By IANS

Don't blame me for rapes: Poonam Pandey

Model-turned actress Poonam Pandey talks about the Mumbai gang-rape; says she is not responsible for "social evils"


Poonam Pandey (© Movietalkies)

Mumbai: Controversial model Poonam Pandey is appalled, amused and annoyed by talk that her provocative pictures on the internet and in magazines are responsible for the increase in crimes against women.

Poonam, who recently made her Bollywood debut with a bold film 'Nasha', says she was "constantly badgered and persuaded to feel guilty about the crime" a day after the gang-rape of a photojournalist in Mumbai last week.

"Apparently my pictures are responsible for crime against women. Ha ha, really? The same reasoning was used against me during the Nirbhaya case in Delhi. I want to ask all those people who find me provocative enough to induce crime, was there no crime against women before I arrived on the scene," Poonam asked while speaking to IANS.

She feels people need a scapegoat for their own failings.

"Why blame me for social evils? I am just a girl trying to find my place in the world. I'm used to being targeted by the moral police and the morcha-wallis. When law and order fails, the blame has to be pinned to some convenient target. But why blame me? What have I done?" she asked.

"Main toh sirf baat karti hoon. Maine kuch kiya nahin (I only talk. I haven't done anything). There are renowned respected actresses who heave and thrust in item songs. They are watched by a lot more men than I am," she added.

Poonam is adamant that rape has no connection with the pin-up provocateurs.

"I don't think men go out and commit crime against women because of what they see in films and in pictures. On the contrary, I feel there would be far less crime against women if there would be more sexual gratification at home for men belonging to a certain class, who don't have direct and easy access to female company," she said.

This is where Poonam feels the revival of the beer bar culture does its bit.

"I think re-opening the beer bars would reduce crime against women on the streets. Men would be able to have at least some access to erotic gratification," said the model-cum-actress.

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