New Delhi, March 7: Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has come under fire for her comments on having an early curfew for girls on a TV show. Gandhi, who is a strong advocate for women's rights, recently justified an early curfew for girls in hostels as it was needed for their (girls) own protection from 'hormonal outbursts.'
During the discussion, Gandhi was asked why should girls hostels have an early curfew and no such curfew was there or boys living in hostels, to which she replied, "As a parent who's sending a daughter to a college -- or a son -- I would expect her and him to be protected. And perhaps one of the protections is against themselves. When you are 16 or 17 you are also hormonally very challenged. So to protect you from your own hormonal outbursts, perhaps a lakshman rekha is drawn."
However, she also went on to add that the same deadline should also be there for boys. "Why should the boys be allowed to wander about in campus after 6 o'clock. Let them also stay in and do their work."
Gandhi's statement soon became a topic of discussion on social media with several criticising her for the same and terming her statement as 'regressive'.