Tirath Singh Rawat, who is the newly appointed Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, made a controversial statement at a ‘substance abuse’ workshop on Tuesday. Rawat said that “Ripped jeans pave the way for societal breakdown, it is a bad example parents set for their children which also leads to substance abuse.”

During his visit to a two-day workshop organized by the Uttarakhand State Commission for Protection of Child Rights in Dehradun, Rawat has also added that he was shocked to meet a woman who ran an NGO wearing ripped jeans. “If this kind of woman goes out in the society to meet people and solve their problems, what kind of message are we giving out to society, to our kids? It all starts at home. What we do, our kids follow,” Rawat said. “A child who is taught the right culture at home, no matter how modern he becomes, will never fail in life,” he added, as per a TOI report.

Among the first to react to the Uttarakhand Chief Minister’s views was Congress leader Sanjay Jha.

“Wearing “#rippedjeans” destroys our culture, it seems. It leads to substance abuse. And a societal breakdown. Women should strictly avoid this sacrilege against our pristine customs, says Uttarakhand CM. Dear BJP, this is your CM Tirath Singh Rawat: Do you endorse this,” Mr Jha posted.

 

“Kaynchi se sanskaar (culture by scissors) – showing bare knees, wearing ripped denim and looking like rich kids – these are the values being given now. Where is this coming from, if not at home? What is the fault of teachers or schools? Where am I taking my son, showing his knees and in tattered jeans? Girls are no less, showing their knees. Is this good,” he said.

 

 

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