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Is advertising provoking crimes against women?

Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil provoked a storm with his comments in the Assembly yesterday on the subject of rape. According to news reports, he also added that the rise in atrocities against women was due to "obscene images used in advertisements". Is that right, we wanted to know.

And here's what our respondents said. Edited Excerpts.

Priti Nair, co-founder, Curry Nation

This statement is absolutely rubbish and arbitrary. I think politicians should just end this blame game and start doing some real work to avert such horrific crimes. I think it's time we realised that crimes against women don't happen because of what they wear or what time they venture out; it is the psyche of the individual who commits these crimes that is the problem.

These politicians shouldn't find fault with the advertising industry. We are an extremely self-regulated fraternity and are highly sensitive towards such issues. There are competent authorities who check the work we do. To put it simply, no commercial, in my memory, has explicitly shown a teenage girl being assaulted.

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