Yoga teacher Ramdev’s obscene remarks about women have sparked a controversy that threatens to become political. Women, Ramdev said at an event on Maharashtra’s Thane, can look good in anything – saree, salwar kameez or “even wearing nothing”.
Sharing the video, Swati Maliwal, head of Delhi’s Women’s Commission, said Ramdev should “apologize to the country”.
Ramdev made the comments at an event on Friday. With him on the podium was Amruta Fadnavis, wife of Deputy Prime Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s son, Shrikant Shinde, also attended the event.
“I see everyone looks very happy. May you have a happy fortune too. Those in front had a chance to wear saris. Those in the back didn’t stand a chance. They probably packed and brought saris from home but didn’t have time to change,” Ramdev can be heard saying in the video, smiling the whole time.
“You (all) look beautiful in sarees. You also look good in salwar suits like Amruta ji. And like me, even if you don’t wear anything, it looks good too.”
Women in the audience looked at each other in disbelief.
“You wear clothes for social norms,” Ramdev continued, laughing. “Children don’t have to wear them. We used to walk around naked until we were eight or ten years old. It’s only now that kids wear five layers of clothes,” he added.
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Ms Maliwal said in her tweet: “The statements made by Swami Ramdev about women in front of the wife of the Deputy Prime Minister of Maharashtra are indecent and reprehensible. All women were hurt by this statement, Baba Ramdev ji should apologize to the country for this statement.”
Mahua Moitra of the Trinamool Congress also criticized Ramdev’s comment.
“Now I know why Patanjali Baba ran away from Ramlila Maidan in women’s clothes. Says he likes saris, salwars and…clearly has a squint in his brain that makes his views so one sided,” she tweeted, referring to the 2012 incident when the yoga teacher was caught trying to tell police in one dodge white salwar kameez.
The Shiv Sena faction led by Uddhav Thackeray questioned why Ms Fadnavis did not protest Ramdev’s remarks.
“The government is silent when the governor makes an insulting remark about Shivaji, when the Karnataka chief minister threatens to move villages from Maharashtra to Karnataka, and now when BJP activist Ramdev insults women. Has the government pledged its tongue to Delhi?” senior party leader Sanjay Raut told reporters.
The BJP did not respond to the comments. There is also no clarification from Ramdev or his organization Patanjali.
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