Goa Culture Minister says ‘Women watching TV serials have no time for husbands’
Goa’s Art and Culture Minister Dayanand Mandrekar has triggered a controversy by saying women are so immersed in TV serials, that they forget to make tea or enquire about their husbands, who return weary from work.
The Congress, has claimed that Mandrekar’s comments reflect the “khap mentality” of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, especially vis-a-vis women.
“Women are so interested in watching these serials, that once they start watching them in the evenings, they do not even pay attention to their husbands who come home after a long day at work,” Mandrekar said while speaking at an awards function organised by the state Arts and Culture ministry in Panaji.
“Today, she is so immersed in the TV, the fact that her husband has arrived home and has changed clothes does not matter to her. She is not even in the frame of mind to ask him whether he would like to have a cup of tea or not,” he added.
The Congress has claimed that Mandrekar’s comments are demeaning to women.
“This is nothing but the real underlying khap mentality of its leaders. Demeaning women is not new to them. While the party claims it has a modern outlook, the comments made by Mandrekar against women, reflects the sad reality of their mindset,” Congress spokesperson Sunil Kawthankar said.