The Haryana government’s decision to invite Jain monk and religious leader Tarun Sagar to address the state assembly gave Twitterati a field day.
What made social media activists and Twitterati angrier with the nude saint is the misogynist analogy he came up with, while explaining how should be the ideal relation between politics and Dharma.
“Control of dharma over politics is essential. Dharma is the husband and politics is the wife. It is the duty of every husband to protect his wife and it is the duty of every wife to accept the orders (discipline) of her husband,” He was quoted by Indian Express as saying.
“If there is no control of dharma over politics, it will be like an elephant out of control,” he added.
The statement provoked many on social media, especially feminists on micro blogging sites.
“A nude monk lectures Haryana Assembly on how to run the country and control women! We are reduced to this?” one tweeted.
A nude monk lectures Haryana Assembly on how to run the country and control women!
We are reduced to this?
— Satvinder (@sdsanddunes) August 27, 2016
Many others slammed Haryana government for inviting a religious face like him to the house.
“What’s the different between him & Zakir Naik likes, it’s shameful that govt calls these people in assembly,” other tweet reads.
What’s the different between him & Zakir Naik likes, it’s shameful that govt calls these people in assembly. https://t.co/n1K28KYxRR
— Feline (@SlinkyFeline_) August 27, 2016
Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma invited the monk to the assembly.
In his speech gone viral on social media, the monk said that foeticide is big problem that disturbs the balance of the society, leading to more crimes and rapes.
— Prerna Bakshi (@bprerna) August 27, 2016
Interestingly, he had also come up with some solution to put an end to the practice.
“At the political level, the government should decide that those who do not have daughters should not have the right to contest Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections. At the level of society, people should not marry their daughters into families that do not have daughters. At the religious level, saints should decide that they will not accept alms from houses where there are no daughters. The result will exceed expectations if this formula is followed. We are living in the 21st century. Even today, when boys and girls are differentiated, I feel we are living in the 14th century,” the monk said.
He also raised his voice against electing people with criminal backgrounds to the parliament.
‘criminal elements should not not able to climb the stairs of Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha’, he added.