Ramdev wants special honour for ‘never getting married,’ disenfranchisement for people with more than two children

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Patanjali founder Ramdev has asked for a special honour for himself for never getting married and demanded a ban on married people from producing more than two children. The controversial yoga guru also sought disenfranchisement for people with more than two children.

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He said, “Is desh mein jo hamari tarah se vivah na kare unka vishesh samman hona chahiye, aur vivah kare, to 2 se jyada santaan paida kare to uski voting right nahi honi chahiye. (In this country, people like me, who never get married should receive special honour. And if someone chooses to get married, then there should be a restriction on that individual to produce only two children. Anyone producing more than two children should be deprived of voting rights.”

Earlier, several BJP leaders have called for Hindu women to produce more four or more children to respond to the alleged growth in the population of Muslims. BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj had earlier said, “The concept of four wives and 40 children will not work in India and the time has come when a Hindu woman must produce at least four children in order to protect Hindu religion.”

Anothr BJP lawmaker, Surendra Singh, has also asked Hindu women to produce five children. Speaking in July this year, BJP MLA from Balia had said, “Hindus should have at least five children. Two for the man, two for the woman and one surplus. All Hindu spiritual leaders want this to happen.”

Singh had gone on to say that having a child was akin to ‘having prasad from God.’ “Why should you deny that? Hindus will become a minority if there is no balance in population control,” he was quoted as saying.

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