Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore in soup for sexist remark
New Delhi: An alleged sexist remark by minister of state for information and broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has created a major controversy.
Interacting with women journalists at Indian Women’s Press Corps on Friday, he reportedly said that women in media would be better off pursuing off-field roles like that of news analysis as opposed to field reporting in view of safety, challenging conditions and odd hours of work.
However, after being flayed on social media over the remarks, Mr. Rathore immediately changed track and claimed that he was misunderstood. He posted a series of tweets denying he had said that women journalists are more suited for off-field roles like news analysis instead of field reporting.
“Wrong interpretation. My wife is an ex-soldier,” Mr. Rathore, 45, said in one tweet. In another he protested, “False, false, false. Totally false, Shame.”