Anna later posted an apology on Facebook on October 22, trying to explain her “real intention”.
This week’s spell of rainfall has inundated Kochi and the Congress-led municipal corporation has already earned enough public ire over its inability to tackle waterlogging woes in the city.
At such a time, Journalist Anna Linda Eden, wife of Kerala Congress parliamentarian Hibi Eden, landed herself in a major controversy for making a rape analogy in her Facebook post.
On October 21, she posted an update on her wall (it has now been taken down), which read: “Fate is like rape if you can't resist then try to enjoy it.” It was accompanied by two videos -- one of waterlogging inside their house, the other of her husband having a dessert.
In her attempt to write something funny about the waterlogging outside her house, she used the “insensitive” rape analogy.
The post invited immediate criticism from social media users, who urged her to apologise for the remarks.
Anna later posted an apology on Facebook on October 22, trying to explain her “real intention”. She wrote: “My Facebook post was never intended to abuse the hardships of women who have faced the heavy downpour for the past one week. Being the wife of a public representative, I have tried to understand the struggles of the public and stood with them. As my Facebook post has created a misunderstanding, I am offering an unconditional apology in it.”Her husband, however, had come out in her support, and commented on her post: “Anna has her own identity. Just because she is my wife, she cannot forgo her freedom of expression. Moreover, she has already clarified the context of her post.”Get access to India's fastest growing financial subscriptions service Moneycontrol Pro for as little as Rs 599 for first year. Use the code "GETPRO". Moneycontrol Pro offers you all the information you need for wealth creation including actionable investment ideas, independent research and insights & analysis For more information, check out the Moneycontrol website or mobile app.