Goa minister Dipak Dhavalikar’s wife says don’t send children to convent schools

She also said 'incidents of rape are on rise, largely owing to the fact that women have adopted western culture'.

By: Press Trust of India | Panaji | Updated: April 6, 2015 12:17 pm
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Goa Minister Dipak Dhavalikar’s wife Lata has waded into controversy after she asked parents not to send their children to convent schools even as she urged women to desist from aping Western culture, saying it has led to rise in incidents of rape.

Lata, who is a functionary of controversial right wing organization Sanatan Saunstha, was addressing a convention in Margao on Sunday, when she made this statement.

“Hindu men, while leaving from home, should sport a tilak, while women, kumkum. Always celebrate Gudi Padwa as the Hindu New Year and not January 1. Don’t send your children to convent school… say ‘namaskar’ instead of ‘hello’ when answering a phone call,” she said.

“It’s time we took pride in our rich ancient Indian culture. Now it has become trendy among Indian women not to wear ‘kumkum’ on forehead; wearing tight and revealing clothes, trimming hair and sporting weird hairdos.

“Incidents of rape are on the rise, largely owing to the fact that women have adopted western culture,” Lata felt.

When contacted, her husband Dipak Dhavalikar refused to comment.

“I don’t know about any such statement by her. I will get back to you,” he said.

Dipak Dhavalikar is the State Factories and Broilers minister, while Sudin holds the Transport and Public Works Department portfolio in the Goa BJP government.

Both brothers are legislators of Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party which have supported the Laxmikant Parsekar-led state government.

Last year, Lata’s brother-in-law and minister Sudin  Dhavalikar had to face flak when he demanded a ban on bikinis claiming that it was against Indian culture and led to rapes.

Sudin had later withdrawn his comments that provoked outrage in the state whose beaches and pubs swarm with tourists, including lakhs of foreigners.

Also, Dipak sparked a row when while speaking in the Goa Assembly on a motion congratulating Narendra Modi on BJP’s electoral victory, he had said that he was confident that the PM would develop India into a Hindu nation.

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  1. R
    Apr 7, 2015 at 8:29 am
    yes the best example of that upbringing is one Mahajan's son who was seen smoking pot in 500 Rs note.
    1. S
      Apr 6, 2015 at 3:41 pm
      let them say what ever they want to say no one is going to pay heed to them now the citizens of India know what the BJP want what ever they are doing it is thire frustration no one cares they want children to face the world not the KUMKUM OR Tilak if Madem you are so much concern about the walfare of Hindus first ask them not to leave INDIA put all your experience in india not on Middle east or west. no one cares end of the day Money counts more than words
      1. D
        Apr 7, 2015 at 7:44 am
        BJP Future Mantra: Stop Going to KFC, Pizza Hut, Pepsi, Coke and other food and drink outlet...Eat desi roti and energy drink (Cow Milk). But their kids will study in Private, convent schools, go abroad for univerisites, get naked with white skin on beaches, drink and eat western food..e back to India as business men, or marry and settle abroad or get back into politics...All i can remember is "Papa don't preach" Mp3.
        1. K
          Apr 7, 2015 at 12:36 pm
          U utter anything Indian.....these secularists, 5-star activits, leftists pounce on you. Indian culture is the ultimate culture. Secularism is in In-built in Indian culture.......others first set their house in order, later on lecture others. Stop hating other religions, converting ppl to ur relilgion, then preach.
          1. A
            Apr 7, 2015 at 11:14 am
            Why isn't Lata's own husband wearing a tilak on his forehead? Lol. Illiterate s spreading their half-baked knowledge.
            1. A
              Apr 6, 2015 at 1:19 pm
              it is boiler not broiler pls check the quality of editors being hired by IE.
              1. A
                Arvind Desai
                Apr 6, 2015 at 5:53 pm
                people are free whether they want to send children to Catholic schools or not. However blaming western culture for rape shows that this woman has not read Shastra at all. Before advising the world about western culture, please ask her to read Mahabharat. Here we have a man ready to sell off his wife (he is Yudhistir, also called Dharmaraj). next in that same scene we have some people ready to vastraharan of women. please note no westerners were involved in this
                1. B
                  Apr 6, 2015 at 5:42 pm
                  1. V
                    Apr 6, 2015 at 12:21 pm
                    Convent & other schools run my minorities should be taken over by the Govt to ensure that our kids are not brainwashed by them. Let our kids learn the greatness of our culture than follow falsehood.
                    1. F
                      Francis Anthony
                      Apr 9, 2015 at 8:51 am
                      Excellent observation! The should practice what they preach, instead of going around blowing lots of polluted hot air!
                      1. H
                        Apr 6, 2015 at 5:10 pm
                        Everybody in this country has got the freedom of expression. She expressed her views, and opponents their. Where is the question of hatred for others. It is always seen that whenever somebody talks about Indian culture, people following other culture makes hateful remarks.
                        1. J
                          Jagdish Maratha
                          Apr 6, 2015 at 1:40 pm
                          what can we expect from a feku govt..hatred hatred and hatred.
                          1. J
                            Apr 12, 2015 at 10:18 am
                            If you have a car and you travel by it to said destination, then you yourself are promoting western culture, Lady. You and your of a hubby and illeterate dumbfreaks who make these type of comments do not deserve the power you'll hold.
                            1. J
                              Apr 6, 2015 at 4:01 pm
                              Give this advise to Deepika Padukone.
                              1. N
                                Apr 7, 2015 at 8:35 am
                                First up all Lata ji if you read newspaper or watch news then you would have well aware of the incident that was too recent.Raping a nun,what was her fault?Is she was wearing western clothes,is she was wearing kumkum or any attractive ornaments or whithey chicks.So please aunty stop preaching.And do something for a great change.don't give rubbish statement.If you have power then first up all go and clean the drainage system in Indian's politics.We can save ourselves.Our family will protect us.
                                1. K
                                  kime tajo
                                  Apr 6, 2015 at 11:01 pm
                                  modernization...... why to blame it!!!! defntly the standard.... style nd fashion is meant fo changes bt its the fault of those people who dosent change or develop their mind with the changes of time i guess no single person would live like the 60s typical style...if weather.. environment changes why nt men the tings is how we sustain it( ourself,tinking,views, observence) if its dn keep on ur thousand mile journey through bullock cart..... use herbs insted of medication..... tradition nd culture nt gonna go anywhere..... at the end of life the funeral would be same as it was in thousand years befor
                                  1. M
                                    Apr 6, 2015 at 1:47 pm
                                    Nun expelled for preventing priest’s 'molestation bid' .... ALUVA: A nun is allegedly facing life threat for taking guard against a priest’s molestation attempt. She is also facing threat of expulsion from the church, for that reason. Her fear is whether she will also have to face a similar situation faced by Sister Abhaya years ago.
                                    1. M
                                      Apr 6, 2015 at 2:58 pm
                                      wHAT WAS THERE TO MODERATE ?
                                      1. A
                                        Apr 7, 2015 at 12:07 pm
                                        good mam excellent....cultured women like you is very important for a country like india
                                        1. P
                                          Apr 6, 2015 at 2:36 pm
                                          As a citizen she is free to express her opinion. You are free to disagree. Don't create controversy out of every issue.
                                          1. M
                                            MUBARAK PATEL
                                            Apr 7, 2015 at 8:06 am
                                            Make Bharat, Dhoti, Lota aur Chaupatty. Man should be made to wear dhoti with back tie. Sanskrit should be the language in all Schools.
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