Night outs by girls against Indian culture, says Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma

New Delhi(CNN-IBN): Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma has fired a salvo, saying night out by girls is against Indian culture. Speaking exclusively to CNN-IBN, the minister said that a girl wanting a night out might be all right elsewhere but not in India.

Asserting that the country does not want “westernisation in the name of modernisation”, the minister said that though he did not have anything against the west, but he was not willing to follow the same blindly.

Sharma further said that as part of the Indian culture and traditions, brothers and sisters of the same age are supposed to sleep in separate rooms. “We have enjoyed the culture, it was respected,” he said.
Speaking to CNN-IBN, the minister said that a girl wanting a night out might be all right elsewhere but not in India.

“I am willing to take all good things of west, I am not criticising the west. But I am not willing to follow the west blindly,” said the minister.
“We have to see the infrastructure and social structure of our great country. I am willing to take all good points from west,” he further said.
The minister also claimed that the European world is looking towards us, for our values and traditions and our culture, and we end up “blindly following them”.
The Union Minister also backed the beef ban, saying there was nothing wrong in it as “even Quran does not allow cow slaughter”. He also justified the meat ban in some states for the Jain festival of Paryushan. According to the minister, there was nothing wrong in respecting the sentiments of the religious group for a couple of days.