Women not dictated to in India, says HRD minister Smriti Irani

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 21, 2015 11:36 IST
nion minister Smriti Irani said at an event that Indian women were not told what to wear and who to meet. (Mohd Zakir/ HT FIle Photo)

Human resource development minister Smriti Irani was in for a surprise when her comment that women are not dictated to in India and are not told what to wear and who to meet drew sharp reaction from the audience.

Irani made the statement during an interview with eminent US journalist and Women in the World Summit founder Tina Brown.

“In India, I don’t think any woman here is dictated what to wear, how to wear, whom to meet, when to meet....I am of the opinion, I don’t think anybody is dictated here, you are not told,” Irani said.

Later in the day, when her comments led to criticism on Twitter, she tweeted: “that awkward moment when those who claim free speech not possible openly boo n get a calm response (sic).”

Her remarks drew sharp reactions from the audience and many from the crowd disagreed with her statement that made Irani interact directly with the audience. and she asked: “Are you told? I am sorry. I am not. My apologies ladies.”

She maintained that as she did not come from a celebrated family but a low middle class family, she was told to determine her own future.

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