//Modi's remarks spark controversy

Modi's remarks spark controversy

GANDHINAGAR : Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has kicked up a controversy by making "obscene remarks" against Muslim women.

Mr. Modi was speaking in Gujarati at a function here on Saturday for promoting rural sanitation in the presence of Union Rural Development Minister Raghuvansh Prasad, BJP MP and former cricketer Navjyot Singh Sidhu, and a prominent religious leader Morari Bapu, among others.

He said: "There is one community which insists on `burqa’ for their women in public. But to respond to nature’s call, the same women are forced to go to jungles in the absence of sanitary facilities at home… "

Union Textile Minister Shankarsinh Waghela, who was here to attend a Congress function, said Mr. Modi’s remarks were not only an insult to Muslim women but to all Indian women who followed the social custom of covering their head in public. Mr. Modi should tender an unconditional apology to all women for his "obscene remarks."