Sheila Dikshit says remarks on Soumya ”blown out of proportion”

October 5th, 2008 - 9:03 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Oct 5 (ANI): Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Sunday said her remarks on TV journalist Soumya Vishwanathan were blown out of proportion and that she was “enoromously horrified” by the incident.
Dikshit, who was widely criticized for her comments on the murder of the young TV journalist, told a private TV channel, “It horrified me enormously. I am a woman myself. I have three sisters; I have two grand daughters. I think what I said was really blown out of proportion.”
The Chief Minister said, “I used the phrase adventurous in two ways that travelling at three in the morning is not a safe thing for anybody to do and above all I think even for boys, travelling after nine in the evening. Companies employing young girls and boys 24 hours for that matter should provide escort for the safety of our girls and boys.”
Dixit was criticized from several quarters including politicians and women activists for her comments on the murder of journalist Soumya Vishwanathan that “one should not be adventurous”.
However, she maintained that employers should not allow women employees to go home alone late at night and should provide escort for their safety.
Soumya Viswanathan (26 ), a TV journalist of Headlines Today, was shot dead while driving from her Jhandewalan office to her Vasant Kunj residence in Delhi in the wee hours of September 30.
Before joining Headlines Today, Soumya had worked with CNN-IBN. (ANI)

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