NEW DELHI: In a tweet, Jawahar Yadav wrote “For the girls who are protesting in JNU, I only have one thing to say that prostitutes who sell their body are better than them because they atleast don’t sell their country”.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s former-officer on special duty (OSD) Jawahar Yadav, has given a shameful twist to the ongoing Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) row by comparing the females protesting in the campus to prostitutes.
In his tweet, Yadav wrote “For the girls who are protesting in JNU, I only have one thing to say that prostitutes who sell their body are better than them because they atleast don’t sell their country”.
Almost after two hours, Yadav wrote a clarification and deleted his previous tweet. In the clarification he said: “No girl has been compared to any prostitute in my previous tweet. Instead I meant that the girls who are forced to enter prostitution are rather better than the girls who were protesting in JNU and raising anti-India slogans, Pakistan Zindabad slogans. The daughters and sisters who are forced to sell their body are better than the girls who were demanding the freedom of Kashmir and Kerala and shouting that their fight will continue till India is destroyed.”
In another tweet Yadav said, “My earlier tweets were misunderstood so I take back my previous statement. My intention was not to hurt anyone’s feelings.”
A group of students had on February 9 held an event in the campus and allegedly shouted slogans against the hanging of Afzal Guru in 2013. However, the university claims it cancelled permission for the Afzal Guru event, which was allegedly pitched as a cultural function. JNU Vice-Chancellor Jagdeesh Kumar has called it an act of indiscipline.
The alleged anti-India protest at Jawaharlal Nehru University has triggered a spate of political reactions with Union ministers Smriti Irani and Rajnath Singh advocating strong action against those involved in the act.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh warned of strongest possible action against those involved in raising anti-India slogans. “If anyone raises anti-India slogans and questions the country’s unity and integrity, they will not be spared. Stringent action will be taken against them,” he said. The home minister said he has asked Delhi Police to take strongest possible action.
Echoing his view, HRD Minister Smriti Irani denounced the protest march against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru saying the nation will never tolerate insult to mother India. “I only want to say that today is the day of worship of Goddess Saraswati, who blesses every family that whatever they speak is for progress and strengthening the nation. Let mother India be praised. The nation will never tolerate insult to mother India,” she said.
In her speech earlier, at an event organised by an RSS linked body, Irani made a veiled reference to the protests at JNU, saying that when she heard Vande Mataram being recited by students, she experienced a sense of satisfaction. “I felt satisfied that there are teachers who teach children to pray for the nation and not anti-India slogans,” she said.