Union Minister Smriti Irani sensing embarrassment over the address of her party’s elder MP from Uttar Pradesh in Rajya Sabha and asked him “to be decent while explaining his concerns”. Objecting over his language during a discussion on the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2019, she advised him to be careful with his choice of words.
BJP MP Harnath Singh Yadav (72) had blamed the content on TV and social media for the rise in sexual offenders during the debate in Rajya Sabha. “The question is where are these sexual offenders coming from? The fact is, what we are serving is what we are getting,” he said.
“My friend came to visit me and he started talking about porn. I was confused. I have heard of popcorn, but not porn,” he added. Ms Irani, has interjected and said “Yadav ji is elder to me, but there are a lot of women sitting here and this discussion is being viewed by the entire country. Please be a little decent while explaining your concerns.”
Yadav had opened his speech by quoting an example of an eight-year-old boy who goes to a movie theatre and watches a film about mythical character King Harishchandra, known for never lying. He said the boy then chose the “path of honesty and became a good man”. In contrast, he said, a child now only sees “objectionable content from day to night”.
“Film actresses are selling condoms in advertisements. On music channels, the songs that get played are Munni Badnaam Hui, Chikni Chameli, Jhandu Balm, Tere Saath Karunga Gandhi Baat… The minds of children are gentle. What effect will these things have?” he had said.