National Commission for Women chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalam has said that ‘love jihad’ is not an issue worth talking about, but has been “blown out of proportion” due to “media hype”. She said she would much rather use her position to work on bigger issues like honour killing.
“I do not want to talk about love jihad. It is a totally unimportant issue compared to some of the other issues that women need to tackle. If you (media) stop talking about it they (political leaders) will also stop talking. There is a deep-rooted bias in society against women…Take the issue of honour killings. It is far more important for me to deal with that than against love jihad,” Kumaramangalam said during an interaction at the Indian Women’s Press Corps.
On occasional advisories from BJP leaders on how women should dress, she said: “I have always been very vocal against it… It is very unfortunate (that people make such statements)”.