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Jan 12, 2013 at 05:37pm IST

Congress slams Uttarakhand CM for saying women shouldn't venture out after 6 pm

New Delhi: The Congress on Saturday slammed Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna for his remarks against women. Bahuguna had said that women should not work after 6.00 pm. Taking on the chief minister, Congress leader Manish Tewari said, "This is the 21st century and both men and women have equal rights."

Bahuguna joins a host of other leaders who have been making disparaging and sexist remarks against women. Self-appointed godman Asaram Bapu had recently said that the Delhi braveheart would not have been brutalised had she begged for mercy from her tormentors.

A Madhya Pradesh BJP leader, Kailash Vijayvargiya, had said that women who crossed their Lakshman-rekha should expect to meet Ravana outside. Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi had said that women must not venture out of their homes unescorted and in skimpy clothes.

That's not all. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat had said that rapes occurred only in India and not in Bharat, thereby meaning that rapes happened in the cities and not in rural areas. Despite uproar over his remark, the next day he went on to say that women must be housewives and men should be the bread-earners of their families.