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Karnataka Health Minister Says ‘Modern Women Want To Stay Single, Not Give Birth’; Twitter Tells Him Why

And just like that, Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar has made the term ‘modern Indian women’ sound like a gaali (Hindi for slang). If you haven’t seen or heard it yet, in another case of another Indian politician saying without thinking, Dr K Sudhakar has the attention of the nation albeit for the wrong reasons. Why? For claiming that modern women in India want to stay single and are unwilling to give birth even after marriage. Speaking at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurological Sciences, Bengaluru, for a World Mental Health day address, the minister lamented the ‘western influence’ on our mindset and stated, “Today we don’t want our parents to live with us. A lot of modern women in India want to stay single. Even if they get married, don’t want to give birth. Paradigm shift in our thinking, it’s not good.”

Not just that; according to him, stress management is an art. “This art we need not learn as Indians. We need to preach to the world how to handle stress, because yoga, meditation and Pranayama are the wonderful tools which our ancestors had taught the world thousands of years back,” he added. See it here to believe it.

Needless to say, the comment has drawn a lot of flak for being regressive. Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar slammed the same and wrote, “They make big promises about women empowerment, while this is what the actual mindset is. Regressive, bashing women for their choices. All masks eventually come off.”

Not just him, women and men on Twitter have come to school the minister and point out that it is because “finally Women have started to think beyond marriage and motherhood.” The irony of Dr K Sudhakar saying all that at NIMHANS and on World Mental Health Day is also not lost on anyone. See for yourself.

So much so that the minister has defended his statement and said that it is backed by a survey. Stating that he was a proud father of a daughter and a trained doctor himself, he clarified that “my statement about the younger generation shying away from marriage and reproduction is also based on a survey. The findings of YouGov-Mint-CPR Millennial Survey shows that, among millennials, 19 per cent are not interested in either children or marriage.”

However, he also added that he had no intention of singling out women. “The only point I was trying to convey was that our youth can find solution and solace to mental health issues in our traditional family and its value system which offers a wonderful support system.”

Now, in case you would want sound knowledge about modern dating patterns and lifestyle changes in the pandemic, hear it from a psychologist herself.

SEE ALSO: World Mental Health Day 2021: Psychologist Reveals What Is Gen Z Most Anxious About When It Comes To Online Dating

Cover Image: Dr Sudhakar K/Twitter

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