Token efforts to weed out the embedded misogyny in Indian political circles suffered one more blow this week when a Maharashtra minister and senior Shiv Sena chief Gulabrao Patil in contrast the roads in his constituency in Jalgaon district to actor-politician Hema Malini’s cheeks.
Assembly the minimal requirements of admonishment for middle-aged males politicians unable to rein of their public fascination with girls actors’ cheeks, the state girls’s fee has demanded an apology from him.
The video of Mr Patil’s remarks, which he made just lately whereas addressing an election assembly for the Bodhwad Nagar Panchayat polls within the district, has gone viral on social media.
Throughout the speech, Mr Patil requested his opponents to go to his constituency to see how good the roads had been.
“Those that have been MLAs for 30 years ought to come to my constituency and see the roads. If they aren’t like Hema Malini’s cheeks, then I’ll resign,” the water provide and sanitation minister mentioned, apparently focusing on former BJP chief Eknath Khadse, who was an MLA from Jalgaon for a number of years.
The Shiv Sena chief’s remark comes got here even earlier than the nation’s gender desensitised political class had an opportunity to wrap up their spherical of gasps over a Congress MLA in Karnataka advising girls to “take pleasure in rape” whereas standing within the state meeting.
It harked again to simply three weeks in the past when one other Congress chief, Rajasthan minister Rajendra Singh Gudha, mentioned the roads in his constituency had been like actor Katina Kaif’s cheeks. His social gathering colleague, former Madhya Pradesh minister PC Sharma had made the same comment in 2019.
Nonetheless, in a transfer that’s sure to discourage one thing that has taken place at the least thrice from occurring a fourth time, Rupali Chakankar, the chairperson of the Maharashtra State Fee for Ladies, warned the minister of authorized motion if he didn’t problem a public apology.
“The fee has taken notice of the remark. If the minister would not tender an apology, he should face authorized motion,” Ms Chakankar mentioned in a video assertion, information company PTI reported.