Nude monk’s ‘bitter truth’ in Haryana assembly draws social media outrage


A report in the Indian Express on Saturday said how a nude monk had addressed the members of Haryana assembly to give lecture on social issues such as female foeticide and growing incidents of rapes.

The monk, Tarun Sagar, was invited by the Haryana’s education minister, Ram Bilas Sharma, and he arrrived in the assembly naked and sat on a dais, above the seats of the Governor, Chief Minister and MLAs.

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His gathering also included woman members of the assembly.

His ‘karve vachan’ included talks on husband-wife relationship, rapes and female foeticide.

He said, “Rajniti par dharam ka ankush zaroori hai. Dharam pati hai, rajneeti patni. Har pati ki yeh duty hoti hai apni patni ko samrakshan de. Har patni ka dharam hota hai ki woh pati ke anushasan ko sweekar kare.

Agar rajneeti par dharam ka ankush na ho toh woh magan-mast haathi ki tarah… ho jaati hai (The control of dharma over politics is essential. Dharma is the husband, politics is the wife. It is the duty of every husband to protect his wife. It is the duty of every wife to accept the discipline of her husband. If there is no control of dharma over politics, it will be like an elephant out of control).”

Sagar, according to DNA website, is a well-known leader of the Jain community and also has an award named after him that was awarded to Baba Ramdev, Vijay Darda of Lokmat Patrika group and Jain International Trade Organization (JITO) by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2012.

But, the report of a nude monk addressing the group of elected representatives inside an assembly didn’t go down well with the Twitter users many of whom found the idea ‘regressive.’

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