Legendary singer K J Yesudas on Thursday landed in a controversy after he said women should not trouble others by wearing jeans.
The Kerala-born singer, who has been conferred with the honours like Padma Sri and Padma Vibhushan, said when women wear jeans, others are forced to look beyond that (jeans). Yesudas was inaugurating cleanliness drive under Swachh Bharat Campaign at Swathi Tirunal Music College in Thiruvananthapuram.
“What should be covered must be covered. Our culture involves the beauty which should be covered. Women should not trouble others by wearing jeans. When they put on jeans, men are tempted to look beyond that (jeans),” he said. “Women’s beauty lies in their modesty. They should not try to become like men. They should not force others to do unnecessary things by wearing jeans, which would give them magnetism,” Yesudas added.
Yesudas’ comments drew flak from various organisations. Mahila Congress state president Bindu Krishna said the singer should recall his anti-woman statements. “His comments are not fit for a civilized society,” said Krishna.
CPI (M) student and youth wings SFI and DYFI also blasted Yesudas, who is known as celestial singer. According to them his comments gave an impression that women were targeted due to the style of their dress.
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