The union minister for tourism Mahesh Sharma has become the address for controversial statements after his latest statement on women goes viral.He asked women tourists not to wear skirts.
Mr Sharma advised women tourists entering India not to wear Skirts and avoid going out alone during night times. He also said that the tourists would be receiving a welcome kit with do’s and don’t’s.
“…Paryatako ko, jab wo airport par aate hain, unko ek welcome kit di jaa rahi hai. Ek card hai usme, usme do’s and don’ts, kya karein aur kya na karein. Jaise chhoti chhoti batein hain, humne unhe bataya ke aap chhoti jagah par raat-waat ke time akele na niklein, skirts na pahnein… Doosra humne unhe bataya ki aap jis gaadi mein baithe, us gaadi ki number plate ka photo le lein aur apne… kisi dost ko forward kar dein,” he said on Sunday.
He received a huge lash from twettariti after his comments. When he was asked about his statement restricting the freedom of the women, he said that
We have a different dress code for temples. Kindly keep that in mind while dressing up,” he had said. “We are not telling them what to wear and what not to wear. We are only saying that when they go out at night, they should be careful. We have no right to try and change anyone’s clothes or way of thinking,” he added.
He clarified that the dress code was mentioned in the context to religious places as India is a cultural country. Here are some tweets received after the union ministers comments;
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and prominent critic of Modi Sarkar did not spare the minister.
Women had greater freedom to wear clothes of their choice in Vedic times than they have in Modi times
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) August 29, 2016
— Atishi Marlena (@AtishiMarlena) August 29, 2016
Previously the minister has been into controversial statements when he said that former President APJ Abdul Kalam was a “great man” and a “nationalist and a humanist”, “despite being a Muslim”.
His other statements which received huge backlash are
“Girls wanting a night out may be all right elsewhere but it is not part of Indian culture.”
“Culture defines a nation. The time has come to win back our culture from the negative influence of Western culture,” he said, adding, “In our culture women of three generations cook food in the same kitchen… in Europe, a 16-year-old leaves home.”