Nitish Kumar on women in the Bihar Assembly : NCW chairperson vs Priyanka Chaturvedi

Nitish Kumar was forced to provide a “short and unequivocal apology” by NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma for his remarks regarding population control.

Priyanka Chaturvedi and NCW's Rekha  Sharma


Rekha Sharma, the chairwoman of the National Commission for Women, and Priyanka Chaturvedi, a Shiv Sena (UBT) MP, got into a verbal spat over statements made by Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on the significance of women’s education in population control.

While highlighting the need for women to have an education in order to regulate the population, Kumar gave a detailed account before the state parliament of how an educated woman may constrain her husband during sex.

“Vehemently condemning the recent statements made by Kumar in the Vidhan Sabha,” the NCW stated in a statement. Such statements are egregiously oblivious to the rights and choices of women, in addition to being retrograde. NCW stated on X that Bihar’s chief minister has to apologize to women all throughout the nation for these extremely hurtful comments.

NCP chairman Rekha Sharma also called for the Bihar chief minister to issue a “short and clear apology” on social media.

As the Chairperson of the National Commission for Women, I demand an immediate and unconditional apologies from Bihar’s Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar, on behalf of all women in our nation. His crude comments made in the Vidhan Sabha offend the decency and regard that all women are entitled to. The crude and disparaging language he used in his speech is a disgrace to our civilization. One can only image the horror the state must be going through under his leadership if a leader in a democracy can say such things so freely. We demand accountability and remain steadfast in our opposition to such actions,” Sharma tweeted on Tuesday.

The head of NCW urged the leaders of the INDIA bloc to denounce and demand an apology from Kumar in a different tweet, tagging Priyanka Chaturvedi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the general secretary of the Congress, and Atishi, the leader of the Aam Aadmi Party.

“It would be beneficial if @Priyankac19, @Priyankagandhi, @BDUTT, @AtishiAAP, and their friend joined forces to denounce and demand an apology from @NitishKumar.” Sharma published.

Apparently, though, Chaturvedi took offense and quickly retaliated against the NCW chairwoman.

“My dear politically motivated, biased Madam, regardless of my political views, I categorically condemn any derogatory language directed towards women, even if it originates from an ally.” Additionally, I have no doubt that the Chief Minister will examine his word choice and issue an apology. Unfortunately, from what I remember, every time we looked to you to speak out for women, you opted for selective silence and selective action—doing your position as NCW, which is meant to be nonpartisan, a great disservice,” the Sena MP retorted.

But things didn’t stop there. In response to Chaturvedi’s article on Wednesday, Sharma stated, “My not so Dear Priyanka ji, do you recall how I presented you all the evidence of the leader’s past actions and you said you couldn’t do anything against him? How objective were you, remember?

Nitish Kumar about Sex Education ?

More births resulted from the husband’s actions. But as women get more educated, they are better able to control their husbands, which is why fewer people are having children,” stated Nitish Kumar in a rural voice.”Journalists like you are also familiar with it. The fertility rate was 4.3 before, but it is currently 2.9. We will soon reach two, the chief minister of Bihar declared in the legislature.

BJP criticizes Nitish Kumar

By discussing the reproduction process in depth, the opposition Bharatiya Janata accused Kumar of “bringing shame” to the women of the state. Reporters were informed by BJP MLAs Gayatri Devi and Sweety Hembram that the chief minister has become older and appears to have lost all sense of courtesy.

The legislative council member and head of the state BJP, Samrat Choudhary, declared, “Nitish Kumar has brought shame to 6.5 crore women of Bihar.” With folded hands, I ask him to exercise caution in both his words and actions.”

“This is not the first instance of the CM acting impolitely in public. “I predict that women and girls will soon begin to avoid attending his events,” he asserted.

Yadav Tejashwi stands up for Nitish Kumar
Chief Deputy Minister Tejashwi Yadav, on the other hand, stood up for Kumar, stating that one must see his words appropriately.

Nothing unpleasant was present. Children learn about these topics in school as part of sex education, he added.

Neetu Devi, a Congress MLA from one of the ruling alliance’s parties, said that Kumar’s remarks were not malicious.

“He was trying to make a simple point but the BJP is indulging in mischief,” she stated.

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