Minister Sudhakar says Indian women don't want to give birth, women groups see red


Bengaluru, Oct 11 (IANS): Karnataka Health Minister K. Sudhakar on Sunday waded into controversy by claiming that Indian women want to stay single, and that "even after marriage, they do not want to give birth to children, and are opting for surrogacy", adding this was "not a good development".

However, Sudhakar's statements did not go down well with women's organisations, which condemned the generalised statement, stressing that women are free to decide whether to have a child or not.

In his address on the occasion of the World Mental Health Day at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurological Sciences (NIMHANS), he also said: "I am sorry to say this, there is a paradigm shift in our thinking which is not good. To come out of everyday stress is an art. Yoga and meditation are the solutions. However, people are following western culture. This stress load must be put out and taking a walk for half an hour in the parks will help a lot in this direction."

"Unfortunately we do not want our parents to be with us and forget about grandparents. Some mental issue of mild, moderate and severe nature is bothering every seventh Indian," he said.

Noting that during Covid, many suffered mental depression, he said: "We are carrying out counselling for Covid patients. About 24 lakh Covid patients are counselled. The situation of not being able to touch the bodies of dear ones caused them tremendous mental suffering. We have 0.3 per cent of psychological experts whose number needs to be increased. We will work towards increasing their number."

Reacting to his statement about women, All India Democratic Women's Association Vice President Vimala K.S. told IANS that one minister from the ruling BJP states that women should not go out and another is recommending walks.

Some want to bring laws to control population and some say women are not wanting babies, she said, adding that they speak different dialects.

"It is freedom of women whether to have a baby or not. He must have forgotten that a large section of women in this country do not have the rights over their bodies," she said.

"Being a minister, issuing a sweeping statement is not good... and while being a Health Minister, is not acceptable. Let minister Sudhakar prove his statement. How many women have these choices? Like women, many men do not want to have children. Why no one says anything to them," Vimala added.

Equal rights activist Brinda Adige told IANS that Sudhakar's statement is "sexist, patriarchal, and unbecoming of a minister".

"He is talking about a minuscule number of people and his statement is not based on research. He is making statements on women's choices which is what we do not want...

"Look at our laws. There is hardly any support from the government for mothers. How many government officers offer the service of creches... big corporate houses... what support they are giving," she asked.

It is not only giving birth, it involves looking after the children. If at all government wanted to make statements it should have spoken how they can help mothers, Adige added.

 

 

 

 

  

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  • NEIL SEQUEIRA, Urwa

    Tue, Oct 12 2021

    Its better not to marry than to die in hands of men. the recent news on national daily today i read, made me feel sad and angry. the case were wife was murdered by husband using Cobra and other is carefully meticualted plan by Ramakrishna Ganiga to get property back from his wife to get the property he bought in his name by ordering supari killers. Reading this kind of news would surely disgust women and would stay single and instead of sacrificng her home and identity for man The reason why women wont marry nowadays is because of cruelty of man and treatment of women in marriage i have personally heard of a man talk about his wife as she should be controlled and her demands shouldnot be met.

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  • C. D'Souza, Nanthore Manglore.

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    DINK that stands for "double income, no kids" or "dual income, no kids". It describes a couple without children living together while both partners are receiving an income; because both of their wages are coming into the same household, they are free to live more comfortably than couples who live together and spend their money on raising their children. If you have children, and if they can't compete with the rat race in studies, sports work, bullied at school college, or work place and no study income, fear always, insults ragging, and above all enough and more money to show or else its children of lesser god, the phychology effect, getting involved with law, for justice denined, why give birth to kids, that's the morden theory of youngest. Got it.

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    Shankara... the point here is that..., probably Nav Bharat syndrome would have caused Hindu Girls the fear of abandoning...., as a precaution you are strongly suggested to have one chai...,

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  • Raman, Bangalore

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    His views are of Pre historic --Hunter gatherer - woman for reproduction -- etc etc -- not sure on his medical credentials-- to issue such stmts --

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  • R Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    The title clearly says " Wonen Groups See Red " but here it seems like " Mens Group See Green " and have gone on commenting. Women are in a better place to comment on this one..... What those who have come out from women going on commenting? ಅರ್ಥ ಇಜ್ಜ ಐಕ? My comment pointing out the same plain truth here has attracted some disagrees. Not that it bothers but shows " brains in armpit " types here.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    you are the only woman who commented on this...

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    It appears the along with banned substance by Crony' capitalist via Mundra port/Gujarata... it seems the Afghan culture also would have got imported...., the concerns of the Honorable minister justifies this theory...,

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    Nikk aan ponnu difference gothijatha!

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  • Rajan, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    First his party talks of birth control etc etc -- Basically to dodge issues - failure on covid management in second wave - oxygen - people dying - near mysore - vaccine still not on full roll out - All unwanted issues being brought up -- to cover up --

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  • Desmond, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    Who knows , let them not give rise ti useless leaders who o ly work for self growth

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  • John, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    How Elite and communist Chinese do or promote birth control on the rest of world using 21st century vaccines in the name of Covid ? Also being made to fall fruits unriped ? (miscarriages?) ...... Following High Tech Vaccines different uses ....... This how global elites try to control population or make them impotent through vaccines ? Autism, Sterilization by adding HCG gene, making them liberals by disabling VMAT 2 God Gene (to promote no fruit or child bearing same sex marriages?) Now nano particle to generate spike proteins to corrupt human immune system, production system ? High tech mRNA or Luciferous technology based vaccines make them Transhumans, Technology merged with humans, uploading body information, parameters, activity with no privacy (or communist controllable humans 2.o (Remote controlled Robots) with the help of AI, 5G, Big Brother Horus eye advanced surveilance system and Beast Super Computer with help of Single Id or Digital ID along with Vaccine Passport?) These are out of scope of normal specialist medical doctors ? ....... Also in addition, INDIAN DOCTORS for TRUTH (20 Hindu Doctors), INDIAN BAR ASSOCIATION, Mumbai, have their own research on these vaccine and are doing wonderful job educating and saving public from so called vaccinations by globalists elite. They have raised a formal complaint against WHO and others also against forced and coercive vaccinations with the President, PM and HM, also based on recent two or more high courts decisions. Their site link is ..... https://indianbarassociation.in/legal/ and their LATEST GLOBAL COVID CRIME INFO at.. https://indianbarassociation.in/news-update/

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  • R Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    Very interesting to note here, that all who have commented here are men. ಗಂಡು ಗಲಿಸ್. All must have exprienced pangs of labour pain by the looks of it.What say?

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  • Abubakar Pallipadi, Pallipadi / Riyadh

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    Minister addressed on the day of *World Mental Health Day* simply think yourselves and comment readers??? what we can expect more from like this kind ministers???

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  • N.M, mangalore

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    Why doesn't he advice Durga vahini / female sanghys about this topic?

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  • John, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    This one child, two child and abortion not a western policy but communist chinese and socialist russians brainwash policy to youth in colleges there in the name of liberty or liberalisation. Same time to globalise them, then bring refugees through so called wars, then create chaos through them to bring godless liberalism (another name for communism) bring in more evil ideologies like same sex, porn, drugs, no gender or confusing gender to create differences within family, society and nations. . Then in the name of humanity, equality and justice legalise above evils. ....... It is a Socialist russians and communist chinese divide and rule policy to conquer them within. So to reduce western population, fill with refugees finally decimate refugees and oldies there with virus and vaccines and bring nation(s) under ruthless communist dictatorship like China, Russia, North Korea and Venezuela. To fill the vast gap created thru virus and vaccines, that's why communist chinese increasing production or population from their 1 child policy to currently 3 children policy.

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  • Sunil Pinto, dubai/udupi

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    If Modi married earlier, and then abandoned Jashodaben ji, what impression will it create on present day women who don'thave confidence in marriage? Can any bhakath to answer this please.

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  • Vijay, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    One should listen to the clip that is being circulated on whatsapp. Its 3 minute one. Media seems to be picking 2 sentenses from his clip. What he mentioned is very true. Younger generation is scared to have kids. Its not only women, even men are not ready to take responsibility. Ask younger couples ( irrespective of their religion) in bigger cities. Its also true about what he said on kids not wanting to take care of elders.

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    Vijay babu....it is better that India stops producing...the national game of sex should be discontinued...otherwise....hottege mathu battege gathiyirallike illa...ellaru battale tirugadabekaditu...

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    Read about Devaki, Jashoda and Krishna , surrogacy existed for centuries.... About present day Jashodaji she still prays for PM.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    women are not delivery machines... why can't you have 10 children, then you can advise...

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    it is none of your business sudhakar..keep your nonsense gaumuthra advise with you only..in fact India has to reduce population..it is better to sterilize men or women or both after giving birth or becoming father of one child..like how China did...I support this very much

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  • Vishnu Vardhan, Bajpe

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    ಇಲ್ಲಿಯವರೆಗೆ ಚೀನಾ 230 ಕೋಟಿ ಲಸಿಕೆಗಳನ್ನು ನೀಡಿದೆ. ಅರ್ಥವಿಲ್ಲದ ಸಾಧನೆಗಳಿಗಾಗಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಬೆನ್ನು ತಟ್ಟಿಕೊಳ್ಳುವುದನ್ನು ನಿಲ್ಲಿಸಿ. ಇಂದು 20% ಕ್ಕಿಂತ ಕಡಿಮೆ ಭಾರತೀಯರಿಗೆ ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ಲಸಿಕೆ ನೀಡಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಮೊದಲು ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ಲಸಿಕೆ ಹಾಕಿ ನಂತರ ಮಾತನಾಡಿ ....ವಿಷ್ಣು ವರ್ಧನ (ವಿವಿ ಬಜಪೆ)

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    Every woman has own rights to whether to have a baby or not. She also has a right to chose surrogacy irrespective of the reasons for it. It's her womb, it's her choice. We speak about respecting woman and teaching children to respect women whenever any news pops up about a rape incident. I feel, selective respect is no respect at all. Respect woman in every sense, including her decisions on how to use her body.

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    What the honorable Minister said is a real FACT...., the abandoning culture in an era of FEKU Hinduism proponents, is increasing & is alarming...., REAL Hindu's must understand that Hindu culture can't be protected by motivating, engage & mentoring present day innocent youths indulge in hatredness, vengeance, revenge etc., all these qualities end up make them un-worthy of leading a noble family life.., time for all REAL Hindus to fight against FEKU Hinduism...,

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  • Roshan Rodrigues, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    ಒಬ್ಬರು ಹೇಳುತ್ತಾರೆ ಐದು ಆರು ಮಕ್ಕಳು ಪ್ರತಿ ಹಿಂದೂ ಮನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಹೇರಬೇಕು ಅದ್ದಕೆ ಮಹಿಳೆಯರು ಕೂಡ ಸರಿ ಎನ್ನುವರು ಆದರೆ ಇವನು ಮಹಿಳಾ ವಿರೋಧಿ ?

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    Kujumaji, what is your take on this news...

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  • Madhav, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    Surrogacy is a man made intervention to provide child to mother who cannot biologically give birth or have significant risks. This intervention is clearly contravenes laws of nature. Evolutionary effects of this largely unknown, though we know healthy children are born. Having said this, there are these women who choose surrogacy for extraneous reasons rather than pure biological. Minister is just criticizing this trend and he is exercising his freedom. This is certainly not patriarchal or mansplaining as I see it. Rights activists unnecessary jump on issue whenever something is said against their cause. No one here spoke about rights. We humans are genetically hardwired to produce offspring to a large extent supported by natural selection. Then these are odd ball right activists who always incorrectly reinforce a thought that Indian women produce babies without a choice. If some scientifically challenged people want to beat natural selection, I can only wish them good luck. I am too sure they will not do themselves a favor by reading up .

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    Surrogacy is against the law of the nature? What is bypass surgery then? What is organ transplant? What is C section delivery?

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  • Vijay, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    Those are against nature as well.

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  • Madhav, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    Read my entire text. Don't jump. I said evolutionary effects of surrogacy is not well known because there is not sufficient data for the same. Issue is not surrogacy, but the purpose for which people choose it. Biological or pure social . If this trend proliferates, then the evolutionary implications are unknown. Issue is similar to cloning and not some trivial examples like organ transplant and c-section that you quote. As said earlier, if one is married to the cause of rights for the sake of it without understanding the deeper implications, it is your choice. I hold no brief for the minister who criticized the trend.

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  • Rahul, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    Mental health minister. Tomorrow he will say I didn't say that. Media manuplated my statement.

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  • Vijay, mangalore

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    Watch his 3 minute clip of his speech. It may help improve mental health.

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  • Rahul, Managalore

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    Giving speech is not important. when you are in position speak has honorable person. Giving speeches & performing same in real life its very difficult my dear. Citizens are in difficult situation & stress created by mess from this central government in the name of development & patriotisms. Ministers words are fit for him & people like him who have minted money. How India's population increased without women's delivery. Baby's are fallen from sky. You will not understand this because in your coin both sides are same. I don't understand BJP ministers because some ministers are calling for one child & our Health minister complaining about family planning. its same like beef ban stricter where favors' for them & its adjustable where its not favors them & their government.

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  • Vivek, Hirebyle / abu dhabi

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    May be he is talking about C. D women....

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  • Vandan Varun Noronha, Bajpe

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    Thanks daijiworld for publishing this news column.

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  • Francis Lewis, Sasthan

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    When you Politicians not giving respect / Safety to women why are talking about Child Birth. It is their decision whether to have Child or not. So many Rapes are taking place in our Country and None of the Politicians opening their Mouth which includes female Politicians like Shobha, Nirmala, Shruthi Irani, Uma Bharathi.

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  • jb, mlore

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    Sudhakar is a doctor. Check any hospital or clinic in urban areas, there is an alarming number of miscarriages and abortions' saying they were not ready to conceive . Even if ladies agree to conceive ,please see that you give them quality family time and not to grow in the hands of some maids as current generation find it difficult to adjust with their aging parents or in laws. Some one needs to highlight reality and if the minister does it ,everyone jumps and revolts ,but deep inside they are aware what is current situation and long term its not heading in the right way. Right now Women want to smoke, drink and become successful in the corporate world , that is okay as everyone has their right and wish to do something ,but you cannot change nature .If nature has decided that female needs to give birth then they have to deliver instead challenge nature or go against it. Again iam not orthodox or narrow minded ,just saying they need to balance everything in life and think for a long term of life then short lived and then regret and blame others then themselves for the mess.

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  • Satya, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    In this matter only those who have a uterus have an opinion, none else. Minister can talk about vasectomy as a very good method of permanent contraception as compared to tubectomy which again is the woman, s burden, our country needs population control, not an explosion.

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  • Ravindra Malpe, Malpe

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    Indian women are simply looking at the West in wonder and awe, then turning and snarling viciously at tradition. Tomorrow if the West returns to normal patriarchal structures, our women will blindly follow suit happily saying yes we will have 8-10 kids too.

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  • Manohar, Udupi

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    Women ask where did 1.3 billion came from.????

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  • SRJ, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    Minister is bang on and he has just showed the mirror and spoke of realities. I'm not sure why the liberal media has been making a fuss over it. What he said resonates with most of the public and this has been a growing problem and breaking families. Instead of blowing it out of proportion, its high time to course correct.

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  • vishnu bhat, bangalore

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    let minister sudhakar and others, who think that marriage and giving birth are not personal choices, give birth to children! that will solve the problem, minister.

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  • Austin Raj Manipal, Manipal

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    Minister Salu is crazy don’t have any common sense while talking shameless guy

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    Editor correct the minister name as SUDHAKAR

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