Another Up Minister Shoots Off His Mouth
In stark contrast to the previous Mayawati regime in Uttar Pradesh, where even the spokesperson of the Bahujan Samaj Party preferred to keep mum, ministers and legislators of Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party government keep shooting their mouths off, causing a lot of embarrassment for the party and inviting lots of ridicule from the public.
Second-year law student Tanya Thakur has sent a complaint to Mamta Sharma, Chairman of the National Women Commission, New Delhi, regarding the remarks made by UP Tourism Minister, Om Prakash Singh, against former Chief Minister Mayawati, while addressing a public meeting in his constituency Ghazipur on June 13.
Tanya, in a letter, strongly objected to the Minister’s words, where he called Mayawati an ugly-faced marauder. She called this statement of the Minister extremely crude and sexist and unbecoming of his position. She said that if a leader of the stature of Mayawati could be humiliated through such unwarranted remarks, one could well understand the plight of ordinary women. Urging an urgent inquiry into the matter, she asked Ms Sharma to take appropriate action in this matter.
In her letter, she termed this public speech a “grave matter relating to dignity and respect of women”. She has allegedly quoted the Minister as saying- “Aap log toh bahut bahadur ho. Jab aap log Mayawati jaisi soorat ki aurat ko panch saal tak jhel sakte ho, toh thoda samay toh hum logon ko bhi de sakte ho” (you people are very brave. When you can bear a woman with the face of Mayawati for five years, surely you can give us some time, too).
He further appealed to the public: “Woh (Mayawati) bhrashtachari hai, durachari hai…. Mohammed Ghori, Genghis Khan, Ahmed Shah Abdali aur Nadir Shah ne itna nahin loota hoga jitna Mayawati ne akele Uttar Pradesh ko loota” (she is corrupt, badly-behaved and a marauder like Ghori, Genghis, Abdali and Nadir Shah).
The complaint has as copies of all newspapers where it was published including The Times of India, Lucknow Edition; dated June 14, 2013, titled “SP minister calls Mayawati names”. The same news has been
published in almost all other important newspapers.
Tanya has called this statements “being prima facie derogatory and of an uncivilized nature”.
“Such a crude and sexist remark about the former Chief Minister by a minister from the government is completely uncalled for and shows how the women are treated in society even after receiving such position and stature,” said Tanya, while speaking to Uday India.
Tanya argued that in our Indian society, where the women, since the ancient times, are supposed to be treated with dignity and respect, a statement of such uncouth nature is not only unwelcome, but also
shocking. She said that we cannot dream of growing as a nation and making a place for ourselves on
the world level, if the women of the nation are looked down upon in this demeaning manner.
“This statement of the Minister is not only violative of the dignity of the women but is also blatantly against the oath taken by him as a Minister and is hence a clear cut case of misconduct as a Minister of the state government, because this act goes against the basic formulations enshrined in the Constitution of India, especially as prescribed in Articles 14 and 15,” said Tanya in the letter.
By Kulsum Mustafa from Lucknow