Brankica Janković, the Commissioner for the Protection of Equality strongly condemned sexist and misogynic statements and views of Dušan Marić, author of a column published in Afera weekly magazine on 7 December 2016.
In this article women were not just insulted and humiliated, but the problem of violence itself was relativized. By claiming that women „report false incidents of violence“, he is sending an unacceptable message to the public in a time when there is a growing number of gender based violence with fatal outcome.
Commissioner Janković said that all those who take part in public and political life have to be highly vigilant and held accountable for every word they utter in public. They need to demonstrate responsible behavior so as to decrease and prevent all types of intimate partner and domestic violence.