Minister of state for food processing Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti has asked the Hindu community to "protect" its daughters from the influence of non-believers.
Both girls and parents should be vigilant in this regard, the Bharatiya Janata Party leader said while addressing the Sree Narayana Guru Jayanthi celebrations in Alappuzha on Sunday.
“The Hindu community should protect their daughters from the bad influence of non-believers," she said.
Hindu women should not marry men from other communities as this will weaken “Hindu nari shakti (power of Hindu women)”, she said.
She described the religion-based findings of the 2011 Census were “disturbing and would destroy the equilibrium of the country”. She said it is time for the Hindu community to unite. "We all should become part of one thread,” she added.
Explaining the stand of the NDA government, she said it extends benefits to people irrespective of their caste or religion. "It was the British rule that divided the people of the country on religious lines," she claimed.
The minister is no stranger to controversy. In December last year, she triggered a row after she told voters in Delhi to choose between “Ramzadon” and “haramzadon”.
(With inputs from agencies)