It seems that Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, has a nack of courting controversy. In yet another faux pas, the Union Minister said that a woman’s body is a temple — a statement that sent the Twitterati into a tizzy. Also Read - Ganesh Chaturthi 2020: 4 reasons an eco-friendly Ganesha is good for you Also Read - 7 reasons why the #BeefBan is good
In a speech at the golden jubilee celebration of a woman’s college in the Capital, he made the comment while he was talking about the rising incidence of illness amongst urban women. He said, ‘ A woman’s body is a temple, extremely important from the perspective of a nation’s future. Building a new generation of healthy women has a salutary effect on family, society and nation because each woman multitasks as professional in her chosen field, mother and teacher of her children, and, above all, custodian of collective values. A woman’s body is not a temple belonging to the nation. Her health is important for her own sake, not for ‘family, society, nation’, because she’s not born to serve ‘family, society, nation.’ Also Read - No new cases of Nipah virus in Kerala: Harsh Vardhan
His statement made on Thursday, ruffled a few feathers with users criticising and ridiculing the doctor for his patronising language.
Facebook was not far behind with Kavita Krishnan saying, ‘And why tell young women that it’s natural and glorious for women to ‘multitask’ as professional as well as ‘mother and teacher of her children’ any more than for men and dads to do so?’
Apart from the above statement, the minister also observed that substance abuse and smoking among young women was on the rise. ‘We are concerned by the rising challenge of modern lifestyles marked by work stress on the one hand and bad eating, drinking and sleeping habits on the other. The government needs the help of social, religious, student and philanthropic groups to counter this scourge,’ he said. He also cautioned against slimming through excessive gym workouts and starvation routines.
Vardhan has been at the receiving end of criticism over his public statements. one of the most common ones was his statement that the Indian anti-AIDS campaign should not stress on the use of condoms but on better instilling the right values amongst people.
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