Yesudas says women should not ‘trouble others by wearing jeans’

He said that when women wear jeans, others are forced to look beyond that (jeans).

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: October 4, 2014 9:20 pm

 

K J Yesudas was speaking at an event in Thiruvananthapuramm. K J Yesudas was speaking at an event in Thiruvananthapuramm.

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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First Published on: October 2, 2014 8:31 pm
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    nisha
    Oct 2, 2014 at 5:29 pm
    I am appalled by his comments. I cannot believe a well respected man like himself would publically say nonsense like women force men to do "unnecessary things" whatever that means. A huge let down.
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      Chandrima Mondal
      Oct 3, 2014 at 9:56 am
      Though we pretend to show that we are broad minded t in reality we are not.This kind of statement simply reflects of the mentality the person.Once our very own Mr.Mulayam yadav said in one of his speech that's rape is a mistake n it is not the fault of the rapist it is the fault of those girls who wear shots,jeans..blah blah they provoke or temper the boy to do so.I just don't understand for few minutes if I agree also den also I did not get the answer did the boys or men are so weak that they cannot control themselvesthemselves after seeing a girl wearing short dresses..it is a matter of laugh for me.They considered themselves the most strongest, they keep themselves next to God ,they keep the capability to control then why do they fail themselves to check infront of the women..winers r winners are always winners n losers always excuses with them..n now regarding this statement which Mr.yesudas said I just want to say sir please try to broad your mind when it is not the fault of dress code what the girl has wear it is the fault of our mentality that we r chekin out a girl like this way..A girl has been hared every single day with different issues here I have a question for you sir can you give me a guarantee that after wearing saree or suit a girl will not be hared? sir many times it happen a girl wearing saree r suit had been rapped so what do you want to say regarding this..Sir if I say saree can also provoke boys to do this things because in saree curves, back can been seen then..sir I just want to say through this column it is not the dress code fault of a girl or woman it is the fault of our low mentality..but it is just a psychological disorder .
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        K S
        Oct 2, 2014 at 7:19 pm
        Mr. Yesudas whether men have an exclusive license to move freely in shorts without upper even. Do you think the men's half nudity showing their muscles casts no effect on women's mind? It exhibits men's weakness where is the necessity of looking beyond the jeans of jean clad women for that purpose men have their wives. It is pretty sad to learn that even in 21st Century we are so dogmatic, obsessed with 15th Century idea of looking at women folk only as an object of . Lets first stop Salman Khan exposing his bare chest without any reason or asked for. Seeking a ban on wearing jeans or anybody's dress by means of social pressure or imposing morality is not only illegal but low in moral indirectly jeopardising the freedom of women. Nudity in any form is banned in our Country, jeans and tops are rather a proper dress for women it is quite absurd that jeans forces you to look beyond that, i feel the man of your stature must come forward with an apology before this issue snowballed into a storm and you may have to face the ire of women folk.
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          confused me
          Oct 3, 2014 at 9:44 am
          NOTE TO FELLOW CITIZENSIt is very easy to arouse men. If you believe otherwise, then maybe you (men) are lying to yourself, or you (women) know nothing about men or maybe..good for you....you are an evolved man.It is very natural and evolutionary byproduct...nothing can be done about it. I don't know about women, but this is indeed true for men.Now when a ually starved man sees a woman wearing tight jeans/miniskirt or whatever, depending upon man, chances are, he will get aroused. Now since he is living in a civilized world, he should ignore it. This tendency is sick, but this happens to most men. Our heads turn. That's an involuntary reaction. What follows after that can be controlled. Not arousal...no...that's what who we are. That how we are wired.We feel helpless, because we can't do anything about it. We are reproductive machines. That why we are made by mother nature. That's what we do out w lives, ensure survival of our species.Now if a man expresses this publicly, however "intelligent" he might be, you should bear in mind, deep down he is a man.If he is getting troubled, it is his right to express the cause.Also, mind it, HE IS NOT FORCING WOMEN TO DRESS CONSERVATIVELY.SECONDLY, IT IS NOT RELATED TO HOW INTELLIGENT YOU ARE.
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            confused me
            Oct 3, 2014 at 9:56 am
            That's how men are....They find seemingly neutral thing arousing....That is how we are....If you find that sick, I am afraid you will have to adjust. By that i mean accept our nature. Some lucky ones learn control. Some do not.i am not justifying criminal activities like rape. That is totally sick.PS: A person has a right to express his opinions. Why should he keep his thoughts to himself. It's his wish.
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              L.sreeram
              Oct 5, 2014 at 6:45 am
              what yesudas said is 100percent correct one of the main reasons for the atrocities against women is the vulgar dressing by some women no dobt about that.why do women wear very tight jeans when men do not wear tight jeans.Is it not intended to expose their nudity?If it is not then let me know for what it is for.
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                INDIA FIRST
                Oct 2, 2014 at 10:00 pm
                WHAT A BAD LUCK OF INDIA. YESUDAS, AN ARTIST OF YOUR CALIBRE SHOULD NOT TALK LIKE THIS. THIS IS THE DIRT IN YOUR EYES THAT YOU ARE FORCED TO LOOK BEHIND THE JEANS OF THE GIRLS. FIRST LEARN TO RESPECT THEM THEN YOU WILL NOT LOOK BEHIND THE JEANS. OR WHENEVER GO OUT BE BLINDFOLDED SO YOU DONT SEE BEYOND THE JEANS OF THE GIRLS. IT IS A SHAME THAT WE ARE IN 21ST CENTURY AND STILL TALKING ABOUT THESE IRRELEVANT POINTS. GIRLS ARE FREE TO WEAR WHATEVER THEY WANT THIS IS OUR EDUCATION HOW WE HANDLE IT.
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                  Analyst
                  Oct 3, 2014 at 11:01 am
                  Every religion of the world emphasizes covering of beauty in women; however the world has become materialistic and does not pay heed to what God revealed to the mankind through different Prophets and holy books.
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                    Sivakumar, Canada
                    Oct 3, 2014 at 1:42 am
                    Dasetta, what non-sense? If you are talking about covering the skin, Jeans and shirts are much better than saris. How much of a woman's body does a sari cover? The entire abdomen is not covered. Isn't it ironical that six metres of cloth is not enough to cover one's body completely? I respect you as a singer...but those comments did not make any sense. Sometimes we blindly support our culture without applying common sense and logic.
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                      Anand Drivedi
                      Oct 3, 2014 at 12:17 am
                      Yesudas is a freaking moron. Does he have bath with his clothes on. Its 2014, not the pre-historic years. Grow up Yesudas!
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                        Anita Robins
                        Oct 5, 2014 at 7:38 am
                        Well said Swapna. The guy needs to be taken for proper psychiatric treatment for his senile and demented thoughts and for his perverted talks in public and ............wielding such charisma....... Shame on the country for holding such people in high esteem!!
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                          Anita Dsilva
                          Oct 3, 2014 at 10:27 am
                          Is it ok to wear saree and show a womans tummy? but its not ok to cover yourself with jeans. Wow, no wonder the world is what it is today. I had such high respect for him but I think his age has caused confusion in his head.
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                            Anoop Antony
                            Oct 2, 2014 at 5:09 pm
                            cloths should provide comfort, style and it should be easy to dress up or down. Man made fashions require updaing. As jeans is modern and western i hate it - idea is not good.
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                              ANTHONY
                              Oct 2, 2014 at 5:34 pm
                              I THINK YESUDAS SHOULD STICK TO SINGING & NOT GO BEYOND.
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                                arjun
                                Oct 4, 2014 at 9:31 pm
                                Sad. Very sad with the mindset of such distinguished people.
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                                  Arun Raj
                                  Oct 4, 2014 at 2:38 am
                                  He already said that. Didn't you hear him say "What has to be covered should be covered"? Such a pervert...
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                                    Yesudas spoke
                                    Oct 3, 2014 at 9:00 am
                                    Yesudas has spoken the truth. People who have criticized have not analysed how the mind works. If something is fed to the mind it will contemplate about it. For example let say you go as a guest to the house and the host is eating ice cream or sweet or something palatable, obviously you will feel like having it because it gives pleasure. If you are not offered you will probably curse the hosts. And we are talking about the highest pleasure that is available in this context. A girls figure will remind man about the highest pleasure come what may. Obviously it will lead to some repercussions. The guy will trouble the girl or find some other outlet.
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                                      Anand Iyer
                                      Oct 3, 2014 at 8:56 am
                                      Try to control yourself old man!
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                                        1Lionel
                                        Oct 3, 2014 at 9:13 am
                                        This is one frustrated dude. Next he will say sarees should cover the midriff
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                                          Bigaumont
                                          Oct 3, 2014 at 5:23 am
                                          Delusional .... Interesting as it shows us how Yasudas thinks. We now know how he thinks when he looks at women.Says a lot about the man.
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                                            Biltu
                                            Oct 2, 2014 at 9:42 pm
                                            So he gets cited / excited by seeing women in jeans. interesting.
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