Rajya Sabha MP and Samajwadi Party leader Jaya Bachchan expressed her anger and disappointment at the misogynistic comments recently made by Uttarkhand CM Tirath Singh Rawaton on the topic of women’s clothing, reported Tribune India.
“[Women] showing bare knees, wearing ripped denim and looking like rich kids. These are the values being given now [at home]. Where is this coming from, if not the home?" the former BJP MP had said.
The comments triggered mass outrage, with Bachchan emphasising how they do not befit a man in the CM’s position. While speaking to ANI after a session, the actor said, “Those on higher posts must think before making public statements. You say such things in today's times. Will you decide who's cultured and who's not on the basis of clothes?” She went further to highlight how such a mindset is what encourages crimes against women.
Bachchan chose to emphasise instead the importance of proper facilities with reference to culture and entertainment tourism when speaking to the Upper House. She elaborated, "I want to talk about culture and entertainment tourism, which is a very important part of today's time. Other countries don't have as many heritage sites as India. We are proud of it. But how are they maintained? What are the facilities there?"
The CM, after facing harsh criticism, previously offered further clarification, saying, “I don't mind jeans but even today, I object to ripped jeans.”
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