Remark on girls’ dress code: Asked by party to mind his tongue,Mollah cocks a snookhttps://indianexpress.com/article/news-archive/web/remark-on-girls-dress-code-asked-by-party-to-mind-his-tongue-mollah-cocks-a-snook/

Remark on girls’ dress code: Asked by party to mind his tongue,Mollah cocks a snook

Mollah triggered a row when he offered a dress code for girls to prevent sexual assaults.

Trying to revive its political fortunes in West Bengal,the CPM has warned veteran leader and party MLA Rezzak Mollah to desist from making “irresponsible” statements and “correct himself” in at least two cases — first where he told women to avoid western clothing as it tempts men and second where he said even the Left government did nothing for the poor. However,Mollah,a former minister,has refused to bow saying “the party can do whatever it wants to do”.

Mollah triggered a controversy when during a function he offered a dress code for girls to prevent sexual assaults.

“Confine girls of your family to only salwar-kameez and don’t let them wear things like jeans and top. My family members follow it,everybody should follow it,’’ Mollah had said. The comment invited criticism from various social groups. While State Women’s Commission chairperson Sunanda Mukherjee termed the statement retrograde,State Human Rights Commission asked the secretary to the Assembly to check the veracity of the statements and submit a report within two weeks. The party was quick to distance itself from the statement. Leader of Opposition and CPM Poliburo member Suryakanta Mishra said the party did not endorse the views.

Mollah courted another controversy during the programme when he criticised the Left and congratulated the ruling Trinamool Congress over introducing women empowerment schemes. “We will have to admit it (TMC government) is doing a lot of work for women empowerment… The CPM did not do much during its tenure and when it started announcing schemes for the welfare of women,it was too late,” he had said.

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On Saturday,he told a rally that neither the previous Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government nor the incumbent under Mamata Banerjee has done anything for the poor.

In a CPM state committee meeting Sunday,members alleged that Mollah was killing party’s poll prospects by making such statements,following which he was told to “correct himself” or face action.