The ongoing controversy surrounding Bihar’s Chief Minister and Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar’s “birth control” comment has sparked debates. Amid this, the party’s National President, Rajiv Ranjan Singh (known as Lalan Singh), mentioned on Saturday that these comments entirely concern marriage. The aim is to promote ‘lineage’ by having children carry forward the family legacy.
Apologies and Reactions: Nitish Kumar’s Tuesday Comment and Public Response
Despite Nitish Kumar apologizing for his Tuesday comments, demanding apologies were made by female politicians, including Rekha Sharma, the chief of the National Commission for Women (NCW).
Controversial Remarks Unpacked: Nitish Kumar’s Views on Population Control
On Tuesday in the Bihar Legislative Assembly, Nitish Kumar commented on the ‘importance’ of female education in population control. He described how an educated woman can influence her husband’s actions during intercourse, affecting childbirth. He stated, “More births are due to a husband’s actions. However, with education, a woman knows how to control it.” Nitish Kumar also mentioned a decrease in birth rates from 4.3 to 2.9 and projected a further decline to 2.
These statements triggered various reactions, with some demanding his resignation due to the perceived ‘indecent’ nature of his remarks.
Nitish Kumar’s Clarification: Apology and Clarification in the Media
Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Nitish Kumar extended his apology for offending, emphasising that his intention was not to hurt anyone. He reiterated the necessity of education for population control and the empowerment of women.