When Maharashtra minister and senior Shiv Sena leader Kulabrao Patil compared the roads in his constituency in Jalgaon district to the cheeks of acting politician Hema Malini, token efforts to remove the embedded misogyny in Indian political circles took another step this week.
The State Women’s Commission has apologized to middle-aged men who failed to control the public outcry over female actors’ cheeks for meeting the minimum standards for advising.
The video of Mr Patil’s remarks while addressing an election rally for the Pothwad Nagar panchayat election in the district has gone viral on social media.
During the speech, Mr Patil asked his opponents to go to his constituency and see how good the roads were.
Those who have been MLAs for 30 years should come to my constituency and look at the roads. The Minister of Drinking Water Supply and Health’s statement that I will resign if not like Hemalini’s cheeks seems to have targeted former BJP leader Eknath Katche. Who has been an MLA from Jalgaon for many years.
In Karnataka, a Shiv Sena leader’s comment came even before the country’s gender-neutral political class had a chance to end their suffocation after a Congress MLA stood in the state assembly and advised women to “experience rape”.
Three weeks ago, another Congress leader, Rajasthan Minister Rajendra Singh Kuda, recalled saying that the roads in his constituency were like the cheeks of actor Katina Kaif. His party colleague and former Madhya Pradesh minister PC Sharma had expressed a similar view in 2019.
However, in a move to encourage something that has happened at least three times without happening for the fourth time, Rupali Sakankar, chairperson of the Maharashtra State Commission for Women, warned that legal action would be taken if the minister did not issue a public notice. Sorry.
“The commission has taken note of this. If the minister does not apologize, he will face legal action,” Ms Sakankar said in a video statement, PTI reported.