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12 Times Politicians Made Some Anti-Women Statements in Public

Women empowerment, gender equality, female liberation.These are some terms that we hear almost daily, but, the concept is still not a reality.The political reality of women in India pretty much mirrors the actual reality. Though we have many women leaders in the government, like Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, Sushma Swaraj, Renuka Choudhary, Vasundhara Raje, etc., it is not easy for them to survive the bandwagon.Unfortunately, we as women have become used to being objectified over the ages that sometimes we don't even raise a brow.   I have grown up listening about female icons like Indira Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher to name a few. While their respective personalities have always inspired me to be fiercely independent and courageous, the mundane verbal atrocities faced by these women in power is a direct blow to every young mind sharing the same aspiration. I am not at all happy about what I have to share next, but we need to understand the mentality of some male politicians before we think about casting our votes.Yes, they seem to be quite arrogant with no values, and I find a majority of them mentally sick.

#1. Sriprakash Jaiswal, Union Coal Minister on October 2, 2012.

According to reports, Sriprakash Jaiswal, Union Coal Minister, compared a woman to a cricket match when India won the game against Pakistan in an ICC World Twenty20 match.Was he trying to gain sympathy for his married life or something else?

#2. K. Sudhakaran, Congress leader from Kannur in February 2013.

This statement by Congress leader from Kerala explains his mentality. 

#3. Mulayam Singh Yadav, Samajwadi Party Chief, on April 10, 2014.

Samajwadi Party chief opposed the idea of capital punishment for rapist, by saying, “Ladke, ladke hain… galti ho jati hai."Are you boys feeling safe now? Though we girls don't share the same sentiment. 

#4. Arun Jaitley, Finance and Defence Minister on August 22, 2014.

This is how Arun Jaitley, Finance and Defence Minister expressed his afterthoughts about a brutal gangrape and murder of a 23-year-old paramedical student in 2012. His patriotism is way above humanity.  The only thing he lacked was a little respect for the female fraternity and the gravity of the crime.

#5. Abu Azmi, SP leader for Maharashtra, on April 11, 2014. 

Abu Azmi, the SP leader for Maharashtra, spoke on a possible solution for rapes on April 11, 2014. Sometimes, I really wonder how they see females in their family. I sincerely doubt if he realised the essence of what he said. Was he even sure of the content? 

#6. Narendra Modi, then Chief Minister of Gujarat on October 29, 2012.

Our Honorable Prime minister is not an exception to this. While expressing Sunanda Pushkar's net worth, he actually went a little off track. I think it's high time, our male counterparts should revisit their judging criteria. 

#7. Sanjay Nirupam, Congress MP, on December 20, 2012.  

Sanjay Nirupam, Congress MP quoted the above against BJP leader and TV actress Smriti Irani during a television debate, dated December 20, 2012.Would the verdict be same if a male celebrity had switched to the electoral platform?I sincerely doubt. 

#8. Rajpal Saini, BSP MLA, on October 22, 2012.

Rajpal Saini, BSP MLA while addressing a gathering in UP on 22 October 2012 raised his concern about females using gadgets.Hats off to such intelligence.  

#9. Muqtar Abbas Naqvi, BJP leader, in 2008. 

Muqtar Abbas Naqvi, BJP leader, soon after the 26/11 attacks in 2008 could not find a better analogy.Was he scared of women who had the guts to raise their opinion?   

#10. Om Prakash Chautala, Ex-Chief Minister of Haryana, on October 10, 2012.  

Former Haryana chief minister came out with a very innovative idea of curbing rising molestation. Well, he needs to work a little on his homework. Rapists do not check marital status before committing this grave crime.  

#11. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Rajya Sabha on February 9, 2018.

This statement by Prime Minister raises questions on what is expected of a female minister in the Parliament. And frankly, no one expects such an opinion from him.   

#12. Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on February 10, 2018.

Goa Chief Minister seems to be very concerned about the amount of beer girls of the twenty-first century are consuming. You have some phobias, Mr Chief Minister...Well, that is all for now!  What is your opinion of these politicians now? Do you still think they represent the public in the right way? Share in the comment section below.