scorecardresearch
Friday, Dec 09, 2022

Election Result LIVE

‘Duty of women to save cultural heritage’: Uttarakhand CM’s wife defends ‘ripped jeans’ remark

At an event on Tuesday, Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat criticised women for wearing ripped jeans and wondered what values they will impart to their children, triggering a protest from opposition parties.

Tirath Singh RawatUttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat celebrates folk festival 'Phuldei' with children at his residence, in Dehradun. (File Photo: PTI)

Amid uproar over Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat’s ripped jeans remark, his wife defended his statement today, saying his words were not being presented in full context.

In a statement through a video, Rashmi Tyagi said that the entire context in which he made the comment is not being described.

“He (Tirath Singh Rawat) said that women’s participation is unprecedented in building the society and the country. It is the responsibility of the women of our country to save our cultural heritage, save our identity, save our costumes,” Rashmi said.

At an event on Tuesday, Rawat criticised women for wearing ripped jeans and wondered what values they will impart to their children, triggering a protest from opposition parties.

Subscriber Only Stories
Delhi Confidential: Despite tumultuous relationship, Mamata is first to c...Premium
The new Gujarat House: 105 fresh faces, 14 women legislators, 1 Muslim; 7...Premium
Pratibha throws hints, old dilemma for Cong: too many CM aspirantsPremium
Behind surge in Gujarat: Modi 2022, Modi 2024, missing CongressPremium

The Uttarakhand chief minister said due to a lack of values, youngsters these days follow strange fashion trends and consider themselves to be big shots after wearing jeans ripped at the knees, while women also follow such trends.

He said youngsters go to the market to buy ripped jeans and if they do not find one, they cut their jeans using scissors.

Rawat went on to describe the attire of a woman, who once sat next to him on a flight.

Advertisement

He said the woman was wearing boots, jeans ripped at the knees and several bangles in her hands with two children travelling with her. “She runs an NGO, goes out in the society and has two children, but she wears jeans ripped at the knees. What values will she impart?” he asked.

Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said he was “shocked” by Rawat’s statement.

In a statement, Uttarakhand Congress chief Pritam Singh termed the remarks “shameful” and demanded that Rawat’s apology to women.

Advertisement

State Congress spokesperson Garima Dasauni added that it doesn’t behove a chief minister to make a derogatory remark about someone’s sartorial choices and said such comments can hurt public sentiment.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) slammed Rawat over his “distasteful” remarks.

Rawat found support in his party colleague, Surendra Singh, MLA from Bairia in Uttar Pradesh. Men and women, he said, need to wear “decent clothes” and women, especially daughters, are the family’s “prestige” and must behave in a dignified manner.

In a reply to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tweet congratulating Rawat on his oath ceremony as Uttarakhand CM, RJD leader Rabri Devi blasted the ruling party for trying to define identity and culture through one’s clothes.

First published on: 19-03-2021 at 11:03:36 am
Next Story

WhatsApp working on 3 different playback speeds for voice messages

Latest Comment
Post Comment
Read Comments
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
close