In another sexist comment from politicians, Sharad Yadav, a senior leader of Bihar’s ruling party feels a ‘vote’ has more importance than a daughter’s honor. Yadav made this point on the importance of honesty in voting at an event in Patna on Tuesday.
“People need to be educated about the ballot paper. The integrity of a vote is bigger than the integrity of a daughter. If a daughter loses honour, the village loses its honor. But if a vote is sold, the nation will lose its honor,” said the 69-year-old parliamentarian.
The veteran politician also warned against voters being lured by parties with bribes. Yadav has been elected to parliament many times.
However, even his party colleague KC Tyagi does not find the remark in a good taste and attempted to defend him saying, “basically, our leader meant that if a girl is married into the wrong family then one family gets affected but if you vote wrong people then the entire society suffers.”
Well, this is not the first time that Yadav has been in trouble for his ill-considered commentary in parliament and outside. In 2015, during a discussion on the insurance bill, he started speaking about what he felt was the Indian obsession for people with fair skin.
He also described the beauty of south Indian women using the term “saanvli (dusky)”. Annoyed lawmakers slammed Yadav and called his remark “sexist” and a misogynist. And when union minister Smriti Irani objected to his remarks, he snapped controversially saying, “I know what you really are.”
He had made many such controversial remarks even in the past. And once again, twitter has erupted over Yadav’s statement with users describing it as “disgusting, derogatory and condemnable”.