Bhartiya Janta Party MP Giriraj Singh on Wednesday said that if India wants to protect their daughters they needs to change the population policy and enforce a two-child norm for all religions, if they did not change “daughters will not be safe and might have to be kept under the veil, like in Pakistan”.
The minister of state for micro, small and medium enterprises was speaking at a cultural yatra in Bagaha, according to the report, various Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh workers and Sadhus were present in the audience.
It would not be a stretch to say that Singh was specifically taking aim at the Muslim community, despite trying to couch his comment as something which should be applicable to all religions. The threat, in Singh’s mind, emanates from one particular community.
In his speech, Singh referred to seven districts in Bihar where “our” (Hindu) population has ostensibly “gone down” and the Muslim population grown.
He tried to emphasise his point by warning that if the situation continued unabated, then Hindus would have to keep their daughters under the veil like in Pakistan.
According to the report, he was referring to districts “such as Kishanganj and Araria, where Muslim population has been increasing at a faster pace than Hindu population”.
Singh finds himself in the news, often, for remarks made in bad taste.
Earlier this month, Singh attributed the fatwa asking Muslim community members not to chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ to a conspiracy by “international powers” to destroy India and divide it into bits and pieces and even targeted Akhilesh Yadav’s government by saying that his government has turned Uttar Pradesh into a “nursery of terrorism” and alleged that it was not dismissing Azam Khan for fear of losing Muslim votes.