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Sudin had later withdrawn his comments that provoked outrage in the state whose beaches and pubs swarm with tourists, including lakhs of foreigners.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