A BJP MP from Karnataka, S Muniswamy has come under fire after a video of him shouting at a female vendor during a Women's Day event, asking her to wear a bindi on her forehead, went viral on social media.
The MP inaugurated an exhibition and sales fair in Kolar on the occasion of International Women's Day. He stopped at a stall and scolded the vendor saying, "Why you didn't [put] bindi? Who allowed you to keep the shop here. Why there is board in the name of Vaishnavi? With name of Sujatha, just because someone gives money you don't keep bindi. First keep the bindi. Hey give a bindi to that lady. You're husband is still alive right? Don't have any commonsense."
#BJP MP Muniswamy scolds a married women for not wearing bindi. Condemning her for not adhering to culture. MP Says *Wear Bindi first. Give her a bindi. Your husband is alive isn't it?* #Karnataka pic.twitter.com/lUGUNJ42s3— Imran Khan (@KeypadGuerilla) March 9, 2023
A video of the incident has been doing rounds on social media and has evoked criticism from netizens who slammed his 'mysoginistic remarks'. Opposition Congress too condemened the incident. "The @BJP4India will turn India into a “Hindutva Iran” The Ayatollahs of the BJP will have their version of the “Moral Police” patrolling the streets," Congress MP Karti P Chidambaram, said in response to the video.
The @BJP4India will turn India into a “Hindutva Iran” The Ayatollahs of the BJP will have their version of the “Moral Police” patrolling the streets.— Karti P Chidambaram (@KartiPC) March 8, 2023