As anticipated, a day after his claim that “modern Indian women want to stay single, are unwilling to give birth even after marriage and desire children by surrogacy” drew flak, Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar issued a clarification on Monday saying that he had “no intention to single out women”.
Clarifying his stance, Sudhakar quoted,
Through my address at the World Mental Health Day programme at NIMHANS, I intended to send across the message on how our Indian family value system can address the mental health issues that we are facing today.
K Sudhakar alleged that a small part of his nineteen-and-a-half-minute-long speech during the World Mental Health Day programme at NIMHANS (National Institute of Mental Health and Neurological Sciences) was “taken out of context”. Speaking to media, he said,
I would like to convey that I am myself a proud father of a daughter and I am also a doctor by training. So, I fully understand the sensitivities and also the mental health issues that are concerning us.
Minister Cited Survey To Validate His Statement
Sudhakar cited a survey to back his statement on the younger generation shying away from marriage and reproduction. He said,
The findings of YouGov-Mint-CPR Millennial Survey shows that 19% of millennials aren’t interested in either children or marriage. Another 8% want children but are not interested in marriage.
Among post-millennials (or Gen Z adults), 23% aren’t interested in either children or marriage. As in the case with millennials, 8% want children but are not interested in marriage.
The minister also clarified,
There are very little gender-wise differences in these trends. They are applicable to both boys and girls.
We leave it to our readers to decide, whether the minister was allegedly bullied by social media to clarify his statement.
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