Actor Ananta Jalil has blamed revealing dresses worn by women for inviting ‘unwarted sexual advances’, amid countrywide protests over a recent spate of incidents involving rape and sexual violence against women and girls.
Titled ‘Ananta teaches rapists a lesson’, the businessman-turned-actor issues a stern rebuke to the men responsible for these heinous acts while also offering some ‘bitter’ advice to women ‘as a brother’, In a video posted to his Facebook page.
He also said that because of the indecent dresses that you wear, inspired by women from other countries, cinemas, television and social media, people look at your figures instead of your faces. They make vile comments and the thought of violating women comes to their minds.
But if you wear decent dresses, people won’t think of rape and will look at you with respect, he added.
Ananta’s comments comes on the heels of raging protests across the country after two harrowing incidents of rape and sexual assault in Sylhet and Noakhali.
It has prompted the United Nations to call for the speedy trial of cases of violence against women while expressing concern over the recent incidents of rape in Bangladesh.
Ananta went on to criticize the ‘modern clothes’ worn by women while suggesting how they should dress instead to deter any untoward incident.
The actor also urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to take steps to implement the death penalty for rapists.
The video garnered sharp reactions on Facebook with many users taking the actor to task for his purported ‘victim-blaming’.