‘Women don't need independence’, Congress slams Yogi for alleged anti-women remarks

The Congress accused Yogi Adityanath of making sexist remarks against women in an article.

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New Delhi, April 18: The Congress demanded an apology from Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for making anti-women remarks in an article written and posted on his website, yogiadityanath.in on Monday.

The Congress accused Adityanath of 'belittling women' by making 'disparaging, distatateful and dishonourable' remarks against country's women. The party also said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah should ask Adiyanath not to make such remarks in the future.

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The portion of the article which created controversy goes like this---

"Shastras have talked about giving protection to women. Just like urja (energy) left free and unchecked causes destruction, women also don't need independence, they need protection and proper channelisation. Stree shakti (women's power) is protected by the father when a child, by the husband when an adult and by the son in old age. Women cannot be left independent or free."

Talking to reporters, Congress communications department incharge Randeep Singh Surjewala said that the mindset of the BJP was reflected in the latest article placed on the website of Adityanath in which Adityanath wrote that India's women always require protection.

"He (Adityanath) further said that as energy cannot be left uncontrolled since it can be destructive, women also can never be left independent. This is shocking," he said.

Citing the article, Surjewala said it states that women do not need independence but protection and channelisation. "He (Adityanath) does not end here. He also says a woman always need to be protected - be it by her father, by her husband or by her son - and goes on to say that a woman does not deserve independence or right to decide for herself," he said.

The Congress leader said the most shocking thing said by Adityanath was that if men get qualities of women than they turn divine but if women get qualities of men, then they become a "rakshas (demon)". "He says that if a woman become powerful, if a woman is brave, if a woman adopts shaurya then she becomes the devil," Surjewala said.

Noting such remarks have never been made by any elected representative in the country's history, he said this was a "clear insult" not to women of India but of the entire population of the country.

"It reflects BJP's anti-women mindset coming from none less than BJP's mascot Adityanathji," Surjewala said, asking if BJP leaders had forgotten the tales of bravery associated with goddesses.

Surjewala also said that there had been brave women freedom fighters as also women political leaders including Indira Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Sushma Swaraj, Mayawati and Mamata Banerjee.

"Adityanath should immediately apologise to women for his disparaging, distatateful and dishonourable remarks and forthwith withdraw this article from his website without any conditions," he said.

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