Kejriwal attacks Mahesh Sharma over 'skirt' remark, says women had greater freedom in Vedic times
Taking a dig at Union minister Mahesh Sharma over his 'skirt' remarks, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said women had greater freedom to wear clothes of their choice during Vedic times as compared to 'Modi times'.
New Delhi: Taking a dig at Union minister Mahesh Sharma over his "skirt" remarks, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said women had greater freedom to wear clothes of their choice during Vedic times as compared to "Modi times".
"Women had greater freedom to wear clothes of their choice in Vedic times than they have in Modi times," Kejriwal said in a tweet.
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
The Culture Minister had stoked controversy after suggesting that women tourists should not wear skirts in India.
"For their own safety, women foreign tourists should not wear short dresses and skirts... Indian culture is different from the western (culture)," he had told reporters in Agra on Sunday.
He had also said that a "welcome card" was being provided to tourists visiting India and the "do's and dont's" on the card advise women not to roam alone at night and not to wear skirts.
The comments also did not go down well with Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal who asked Sharma to focus on governance than clothes of women. She also hit out at drawing parallels between rape and the attire of a woman.
"Rape of 2 year is also due to wearing skirts? Improve law and order, please stop telling women what to wear or not wear. Can't believe politicians continue to equate rape with wearing a skirt. So easy to shirk responsibility and blame a women's attire for rape," she said in a series of tweets.
"Please improve governance. No correlation in wearing skirt n rape. You have put the onus of rape on the girl which is pathetic," Maliwal added.
Kejriwal Friday congratulated the people of Punjab on the rollout of a free electricity scheme of the Bhagwant Mann government in the state, saying the party walks the talk.
Arvind Kejriwal is a member of the New Delhi Municipal Council by virtue of being the New Delhi MLA
The Arvind Kejriwal-led party extended its support to the demands of youth for the roll back of the scheme but made a fervent appeal to the protesters to exercise their right to protest in a democratic manner, instead of resorting to vanadalism and arson