New Delhi, March 7: Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi in a TV interview suggested early curfews in hostels to ensure safety of teenager girls in hostels.
The comment by the Union Minister has invited sharp criticism over the social media ahead of International Women’s Day.
Hostel curfews cuz teens are 'hormonally challenged. Lakshman Rekha needed.
How does she even come up with this? https://t.co/wvKCEBxNLc
— Smriti Sant (@smritisant) March 7, 2017
A Minister who is expected to bring equality among the genders talk about Lakshman Rekha!! another tweeted.
When asked why girls in hostels should have an early curfew and not boys, Gandhi replied, “As a parent who’s sending a daughter to a college – or a son – I would expect her and him to be protected. And perhaps one of the protections is against themselves. When you are 16 or 17 you are also hormonally very challenged.”
But later on when she was asked why boys should be treated differently, the minister added, “Yes, so maybe the same deadlines should be there for both boys and girls… Why should the boys be allowed to wander about in the campus after 6’o-clock? Let them also stay in and do their work.”
She further added that youngsters are ‘hormonally challenged’ and to protect them from such hormonal outbursts, a ‘lakshman rekha’ is needed.
Many people tagged Mrs Gandhi to find out why would a 16 year old whose hormones are prone to outburst would wait for 6 PM to do the job? Won’t he prefer the hormone job earlier in the day?
— The DeshBhakt (@TheDeshBhakt) March 7, 2017