Sharad Yadav says honour of vote is more important than daughter's izzat. India shakes its head at misogyny

The Rajya Sabha MP had earlier chastised Union Minister Smriti Irani saying, "I know what you are."

Sharad Yadav says honour of vote is more important than daughter

No stranger to controversial remarks on women, Politician Sharad Yadav believes the honour of a vote is more important than the honour of a woman.

According to a video shared by ANI, Janata Dal (U) politician Yadav said, "It is very important to educate people in a big way about how the ballot paper works. The honour of being able to cast a vote is a much bigger honour than your daughter's honour."

He further explained his train of thought saying, "If a daughter's honour is violated, her neighbourhood and her village lose their honour, but if a vote is sold, it is the country's honour that goes. All our dreams for the future evaporate."


However, after the uproar his comments have created, Yadav now says that people are considering it wrong, however, he means what he said. He said that his comments didn't disrespect women in any way. Just like a daughter is loved and nourished, votes should also be nourished, he said.







Amid the uproar created, National Commission for Women chief, Lalitha Kumaramangalam said she might issue a notice to Yadav for his comments.

The Rajya Sabha MP had earlier chastised Union Minister Smriti Irani saying, "I know what you are."

It was when he was busy talking about "the beauty of south Indian women". "Your god is dark like (Union minister) Ravi Shankar Prasad (present in the House), but your matrimonial ads insist on white-skinned brides," he said, apropos of nothing, in the Rajya Sabha during a debate on the government's Insurance Bill.

While few giggled nervously, a few days later Yadav tried clarifying his point but went more offensive than earlier, to which Union minister Irani interrupted him to make a comment. "I appeal to the gentleman (Yadav) not to make comments on the colour of the skin of women in this manner. A very wrong message is going," Irani said.

That's when an infuriated Yadav told Irani, "I know what you are."

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