Fury as Russian cleric says drunk women in mini-skirts provoke rape
Published 19/01/2011 | 05:00
A leading cleric in the Russian Orthodox Church is under fire for saying that women who wear miniskirts and get drunk should not be surprised if they are raped.
Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the head of the Church's department for relations between the church and society, complained that Russian women dressed like strippers. He suggested a nationwide dress code.
"If she (a woman) is wearing a miniskirt, it is provocative," he said. "If she is drunk at the same time then she is even more provocative, and if she herself is actively seeking contact with people and is then surprised when that contact ends in rape, she is wrong." His comments provoked uproar, prompting more than 700 feminists to sign a petition to Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Church, demanding that he denounce his archpriest's statements. The petition called the statements "discriminatory and insulting" towards women, saying the cleric seemed to be justifying rape. (© Daily Telegraph, London)