National Commission for Women strongly condemns Nitish Kumar’s sexist remarks on women 

| Updated: 08 November, 2023 2:59 pm IST

NEW DELHI: The recent sexist statements made by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in the Vidhan Sabha have stirred a nationwide controversy and drawn sharp criticism from the National Commission for Women (NCW). Nitish Kumar’s comments, where he linked women’s education and fertility to the country’s population, have been described as regressive and insensitive to women’s rights and choices because of his choice of words.

NCW released a strong statement vehemently condemning Nitish Kumar’s remarks. The Commission emphasized that such comments not only perpetuate outdated stereotypes but also undermine the hard-fought progress made in empowering women and granting them control over their reproductive choices. 

NCW posted a tweet on X which read, “National Commission for Women, vehemently condemns the recent statements made by Nitish Kumar in the Vidhan Sabha concerning women’s fertility and education and linking it to the population of the country.Such remarks are not only regressive but also egregiously insensitive to women’s rights and choices. Bihar’s Chief Minister should issue an apology to women across the country for these deeply offensive remarks”

Rekha Sharma, Chairperson of the National Commission for Women, said, “On behalf of every woman in this country, as the Chairperson of the National Commission for Women, I demand an immediate and unequivocal apology from the Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar. His crass remarks in the Vidhan Sabha are an affront to the dignity and respect that every woman deserves.”

Sharma further added, “Such derogatory and cheap language used during his speech is a dark stain on our society. If a leader can make such comments so openly in a democracy, one can only imagine the horror the state must be enduring under his leadership. We stand firm against such behavior and call for accountability.”

The NCW’s condemnation of Nitish Kumar’s comments has ignited a broader conversation about the responsibility of public figures and leaders to promote gender equality and women’s rights. The Commission is now urging political leaders to be more cautious in their public statements and consider the broader implications of their words on societal attitudes and the well-being of women.

As the controversy surrounding Nitish Kumar’s remarks continues to escalate, many are looking to see how the Chief Minister and other political leaders respond to the growing calls for a resignation and apology.

 

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