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Oct 23, 2012 at 06:00pm IST

Women don't need mobile phones as they get distracted, says BSP MP Rajpal Saini

Muzaffarnagar: Muzaffarnagar: In his tirade against mobile phones, BSP leader Rajpal Saini stirred yet another mobile controversy and went a step too far by saying that women and children don't need mobiles. "There is no need to give phones to women and children. It distracts them and is useless. Why do women need phones? My mother, wife and sister never had mobile phones. They survived without one," said Saini.

The National Commission for Women (NCW) has called his comments distasteful. NCW CHairperson Mamata Sharma said, "What is the difference between boys and girls. On one hand we talk about women empowerment and on the other, such comments are made. We have made great advancements in technology. Why can't boys and girls benefit from it?"

SP leader Kamal Farooqi slammed Saini and said, "It is unfortunate that such a statement is coming from an MP. He doesn't understand how technology has revolutionised the whole thing and especially women folk. It is important that they stay in touch with their loved ones and close relations."

In a Taliban-type diktat, a Khap panchayat in Baghpat in July, 2012 had also banned love marriages and barred women below 40 years from going out for shopping and using mobile phones. Meanwhile, a Khap leader recently had asked youngsters to refrain from eating junk food like chowmein.

The bizarre statement was made by Jitender Chhataar who said that men experience hormonal imbalances when they eat chowmein, momos and then they commit rape. In a shocking reaction to the recent spate of rape cases in Haryana, Khap panchayat members earlier blamed girls for such incidents.

One Khap Panchyat member gave a bizarre solution and suggested that the marriageable age for girls should be reduced to 16 years. When asked why rapes are occuring at this scale in Haryana, Sube Singh said that movies and television are to be blamed for rapes. "I believe this is happening because our youth are being badly influenced by cinema and television. I think that girls should be married at the age of 16, so that they have their husbands for their sexual needs, and they don't need to go elsewhere. This way rapes will not occur," commented Singh.

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