"with education, a woman knows how to restrain him"
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was embroiled in controversy for his remarks on population control in the state.
The politician had been speaking on the importance of education among women to control Bihar’s population.
But things took a turn when Kumar began referencing the withdrawal method during sex and claimed it was up to women to “restrain” their husbands.
He said: “The husband’s acts led to more births.
“However, with education, a woman knows how to restrain him… this is the reason the numbers (of births) are coming down.”
Kumar’s comment triggered a massive political row, with many calling it “misogynistic, vulgar and patriarchal”.
BJP leader Aparna Yadav said: “First of all, being a woman, I am angry at the statement.
“I don’t think he should have made this statement… This kind of statement by Bihar’s CM is really shameful for the whole country.
“Now when the elections happen, Bihar people should remember what kind of people they voted for… He should resign.”
Leader of the Opposition Vijay Kumar Sinha said:
“His statements shame women.
“The country saw how he embarrassed women… (he) has lost his memory, he should resign and is not worthy of sitting in Assembly.”
Delhi MP Manoj Tiwari said he had “lost respect” for the veteran politician:
“I have known Nitish Kumar since 2004.
“However, after listening to the statement, I have lost respect for him.
“How can a person say something like this on the floor of the state Assembly?
“Nitish Kumar after this statement seems like a gone case.”
Actress-turned-politician Khushbu Sundar slammed Kumar while questioning why many female politicians remained silent.
She said: “It is extremely disgraceful and appalling… what has happened to Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and Mamata Banerjee? These women are quiet.
“(Is) this the INDIA they are talking about? They should say Nitish Kumar should apologise.”
BJP MP Nishikant Dubey sarcastically tweeted:
“Do listen to Mahaguru Nitishanand Maharaj’s porn storytelling and keep the population in control.”
As the criticism continued, Nitish Kumar apologised for his remark as he entered the Bihar Assembly.
He said: “I take back my words if anyone (was) hurt. (My words) were not intended to hurt anybody.”
However, the apology did stop the criticism.
Union Minister RK Singh said he was ashamed that Nitish Kumar was Bihar’s Chief Minister.
He said: “I think each person in Bihar must be ashamed that their CM is using such obscene language in the Assembly.
“It’s a third-grade statement… Nitish Kumar has lost his mind.”