Dignity of women was one of the 51 points in the 'Simhastha Declaration' released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Ninora near Ujjain during the valedictory session of the three-day Antarrashtriya Vichar Mahakumbh on Saturday.
With more voices coming up against the exercise, the BJP has dropped the plan of taking out a procession of Dalits from Valmiki Dham to Ramghat. Shah’s official itinerary released by the party on Monday did not mention any dip.
The preparations for the religious fair, held once in 12 years, have transformed the town, with the BJP government almost making it an official event unlike the previous editions when religious organisations would dictate terms.
The maiden entry of Kinnar Akhara, an institution representing transgenders, at the Kumbh drew maximum attention as devotees scrambled to seek their blessings when they arrived at Gandharv Ghat Friday evening.
Mehdi said, “He has violated a woman’s dignity by talking about her undergarments in public. A poet has to be sensitive and use sober words and language. He has a way with words but he crossed the line that day.”