Indian politicians have a history of sexist remarks

July 21, 2016 8:23 pm
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This is not the first time when a politician has made derogatory remarks about women. There have been several instances when even senior political leaders have made sexist and highly inappropriate comments.

Here are some of the outrageous statements from the recent past:

In July 2016, UP BJP leader Dayashankar Singh’s derogatory remark against BSP chief Mayawati.

In 2015, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav made a sexist comment on the complexion of south Indian women. Yadav also made remark on filmmaker Leslee Udwin, who made a documentary on ‘India’s Daughter’, for being white skin.

In December, 2012, Sanjay Nirupam, a former Congress MP, had allegedly called Smriti Irani a ‘thumkewaali’.

Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh unwittingly joined ranks of politicians who have made crass, sexist remarks by describing Meenakshi Natrajan, party MP from Mandsaur, as “sau tunch maal” (totally unblemished) – a northern colloquial that loosely translates into “a desirable object”.

In 2011, CPM leader of Hooghly and former MP Anil Basu criticised Mamata Banerjee and compared her with the sex workers of Sonagachi. His remarks drew flak and led to a major controversy over use of words by politicians.

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