Janata Dal (United) was caught in a bind when a prominent leader of the party, Sharad Yadav, made disgraceful sexist comparisons amongst votes and daughters in Patna on January 24. While addressing a gathering, he said that the respect of votes comes before the respect of daughters. In a video recording of the event, he said the following:
Roughly translated, this means:
“The respect of the daughter is secondary to the respect of an honest vote. If the honour of our daughters is lost, then the honour of the village is influenced. But if votes are sold or dishonoured, the entire country will suffer irreversibly.”
Addressing the issue of buying votes, Yadav wound up comparing the dishonour in the act to a dishonoured daughter. While most are unsure about why he would even make such a comparison, this is not the first time he has made sexist statements. The misogyny in his entire statement is proof of India’s political class’ disrespect and disregard for women, even if they happen to be their own daughters.
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