Exclusive : Minister Giriraj Singh on Family Planning

Union Minister Giriraj Singh kicked up a controversy with his remark that if the country’s population policy is not changed to mandate a two-child norm across religions then “our daughters” will not be “safe” and might have to be kept “under the veil” like in Pakistan. Opposition parties today slammed Singh, a senior BJP leader and a party MP, for his remark made yesterday, saying his basic purpose is to create a “divide” between the Hindus and the Muslims for “short term political gains” and virtually demanded that he be sacked from the government. “Hindus should have two sons, Muslims, too, should have two sons. Our population is coming down. Bihar has seven such districts where our population has gone down. Population rules have to be changed, only then will our daughters be safe. Otherwise, like Pakistan, we too will have to keep our daughters under the veil,” he said while addressing a cultural event in Bagaha in West Champaran.”There should be such a law in the country that same number of children should be allowed for families across religions whether Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or Christian,” he said, adding, “The population policy should be the same for all. And if you want our country to be a developed nation, population control is necessary.” Under attack, Singh sought to defend his remark, saying it was said in the interest of the country. “I said this in the interest of the nation like how China brought the population control law in 1979…Today Malaysia, Indonesia and Bangladesh have brought this law. There should be strong law in India also that should apply to all families across religions whether Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or Christian,” he said.
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