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Women protest against Mulayam's remark on Women's Reservation Bill

Dec 16, 2013 11:18 AM IST Politics Politics
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Lucknow: Three years after Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav made a controversial statement about the Women's Reservation Bill, women protesters held a demonstration outside his house in Lucknow.

Mulayam in 2010 had said that if the Women's Reservation Bill is passed, Parliament will be filled with women who will invite catcalls and whistles. Women on Monday blew whistles in front of Mulayam's house protesting against his comment.

An unfazed Mulayam Singh had refused to take back his comment saying that it was intentional. "I don't like to say this, but they would be the women at whom youths would whistle," Mulayam had said in 2010.

"Once the bill comes into force, not a single male would be elected to the Lok Sabha after 10 years as elected women would not leave their seats, nor the political parties would be in a position to replace them," he had said.

He had even kicked up a row with his remark that rural women will not benefit from the Women Reservation Bill because they are not as attractive as those from the affluent class.

"Bade bade gharon ki ladkiya aur mahilayan kewal upar ja sakti hain...yaad rakhna...apko mauka nahi milega..hamare gaon ki mahila me akarshan itna nahin...,"(Only girls and women from affluent class can go forward...remember this..you (rural women) will not get a chance...Our rural women did not have that much attraction)," he had said at a rally in Barabanki in 2012.

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