Veteran playback singer KJ Yesudas stirred a hornet’s nest on Thursday saying women should not ape men blindly and not attract unwanted attention through their revealing dresses. He also said women should not cause trouble to others wearing dresses like jeans.
"Women should not cause trouble to others by wearing jeans....What should be covered should be covered," PTI quoted Yesudas as saying at a function organised by a voluntary organisation in connection with the Gandhi Jayanti celebrations in Thiruvananthapuram.
The 74-year-old singer, also a seven-time national award winner, said dresses like jeans was against Indian culture which really valued simplicity and grace as the greatest qualities of women.
“Once you wear revealing dress it provokes others. So it should be ideal to wear attire that suits our culture,” he said.
His latest remark invited sharp criticism from many quarters and women activists have asked him to withdraw it immediately and tender an apology. Yesudas is known for taking bold position on key social issues, but his latest remark has shocked many.
Mahila Congress workers held a march outside the state secretariat here demanding the singer to withdraw his statement.
Many left organisations also decried his statement.
Though a Christian by birth, Yesudas believes in all religions.
A regular at Sabarimala and Kollur Mookambika temple he sang some of the best Muslim devotional songs and associated with many charitable activities.