Flashback 2014: Oops! They said it: 10 'sexist' remarks

Year 2014 witnessed lots of sexist remarks, not only by the seasoned politicians, but also by other known personalities.

They made anti-feminist remarks publicly, maybe intentionally or not and faced the wrath of other politicians as well as from the social media. Some of them were forced to apologise for uttering irresponsible remarks. [Flashback 2014: A look at politicians who suffered from foot-in-mouth disease]

Here, let's take a look at ten such remarks and when they were said, starting from January:

Dr Asha Mirge, NCP member and a member of the State Commission for Women


Date: Jan 29, 2014

Quote: "Girls should be very careful what they wear and at what time they move out in city. Their body language should not invite attention of the potential rapists lurking around the streets."

"Why Nirbhaya, the victim in the infamous Delhi gangrape case in December 2012 should go to movie for a late night show (11 PM), and similarly the photo-journalist in Mumbai go to an isolated place of Shakti Mills at 6 PM?"

"Girls should always remain alert. Girls should also do an introspection of their dressing sense and hair style."

Apology: "I was actually asking girls to be on their guard. I am sorry if I have hurt anybody's sentiments. I better concentrate on my work instead of nurturing controversies."

Mulayam Singh Yadav, Samajwadi Party Supremo

Date: April 10, 2014

Quote: "Rape ke liye phaansi dena galat hai. Ladkon se galti ho jaati hai, hum satta mein aaye to kanoon mein badlav karenge." (It is wrong to give death sentence for rape. Boys make mistakes. If we come to power, we will change the law.)

"Boys and girls fall in love but due to differences, they fall apart later on. When their friendship ends, the girl complains she has been raped."

Abu Ajmi, SP leader in Maharashtra

Date: April 12, 2014

Quote: "Under Islam, rape is punishable... any woman if, whether married or unmarried, goes along with a man, with or without her consent, should be hanged. Both should be hanged. It shouldn't be allowed even if a woman goes by consent."

"In India, there is death penalty for rape, but when there's consensual sex outside marriage, there's no death penalty against women."

Babulal Gaur, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister

Date: June 6, 2014

Quote: "Rape is a social crime which depends on the man and the woman. It is sometimes right and sometimes wrong. Unless a complaint is filed, nothing happens. It is not possible for any government to ensure that rape is not committed. Action can be taken only after the act is done

"Unless the person wants, no one can dare touch her. The item numbers in films create a bad environment."

The habitual offender made the anti-women remarks earlier this year as well.

Date: Jan 11, 2014

Quote: "There are few sexual crimes against women in Chennai as they dress up fully and regularly visit temples."

Ramsevak Paikra, Chhattisgarh Home Minster

Date: June 8, 2014

Quote: "No one commits rape intentionally. It happens by mistake."

R R Patil, Maharashtra Home Minister

Date: June 11, 2014

Quote: "Even if we provide one policeman per house we can't stop crimes against women. Rise in atrocities against women due to obscene images used in advertisements." [Flashback 2014: Top 10 controversial news that rocked the nation]

Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister

Date: August 22, 2014

Quote: "One small incident of rape in Delhi advertised world over is enough to cost us billions of dollars in terms of global tourism."

Apology: "I regret that my speech was misconstrued. I have always been sensitive towards violence against women."

K J Yesudas, Singer

Date: Oct 3, 2014

Quote: "What should be covered must be covered. Our culture involves the beauty which should be covered. Women's beauty lies in their modesty. They should not try to become like men. They should not force others to do unnecessary things by wearing jeans."

Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO

Date: Oct 10, 2014

Quote: "Women in technology should not ask for raises but have faith in system. It is not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along. Because that is good karma. It'll come back because somebody is going to know that's the kind of person that I want to trust."

Apology: "Men and women should get equal pay for equal work."

Yusuf Bhat, Congress member


Date: Nov 11, 2014

Quote: "Unmarried daughters are a liability to their fathers. My daughters are a burden on me. "They are studying now and need to be married off. So, obviously they are a burden on me."

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