Mirje also commented on the gang-rape of a photojournalist who was on assignment at a disused mill in Mumbai last year, asking why the victim had gone to such an isolated place.
Mirje's party belongs to the Congress-led national coalition government and her comments caused an immediate stir, with several television reports pouring scorn on her.
NCP member of parliament Supriya Sule told reporters she was sorry Mirje had made them and that they reflected her personal views, not those of the party.
"Mirje is reflecting what is a much larger problem.
Dear Ms Mirje: The only isolated spot is your brain - Ashwin Mushran (@ashwinmushran) (https://twitter.com/ashwinmushran/statuses/428388101673586689) January 29, 2014
Speechless at the patriarchal mindset of Asha Mirje. (https://twitter.com/timesnow) @timesnow Please step down from the Maharashtra Women's Commission ASAP.
We talk of women empowerment and equality and then Asha Mirje happens.
Insensitive comments from leaders like Asha Mirje of the NCP reminds us of the fact that a woman's greatest enemy is often another woman
Why did the victim go to such an isolated spot at 6 pm?" Mirje asked at a gathering of the NCP women's wing in Nagpur.
At the time Mirje made the controversial speech, Sule was present on the dais.
" Due to these reasons a woman has to think whether, mistakenly, she is not inviting or inviting ( to sexual assault)," Mirje said.
Irrespective of what time the victim was out and the kind of clothes she wore, Mirje
has forgotten the level of outrage that the country had exhibited against that brutal crime.