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National Commission for Women (NCW) chairperson Mamta Sharma's statement asking women to dress carefully to avoid crimes (like molestation) against them has sparked outrage and disgust with rights activists questioned the selection process of NCW office-bearers.

Sharma's comments came close on the heels of the removal of Alka Lamba from a fact-finding committee probing the Guwahati molestation case for revealing the victim's identity.

While speaking about the molestation case on Tuesday, Sharma stopped short of prescribing a dress code. She said, "Be careful about how you dress... Aping the west blindly is eroding our culture and causing such crimes to happen."

Globally and nationally, research has shown that how a woman dresses has nothing to do with sexual assault.

Read the complete story at Times of India, published 19 July 2012.



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