NEW DELHI: A video fo BJP MLA Ram Kadam allegedly giving misogynist statement has gone viral on social media platforms.
In a 40-second clip that surfaced on social media, BJP MLA from Ghatkopar constituency reportedly heard saying that he would kidnap a girl even if she refuses a proposal from a boy and helps him elope with her.
He made the statement during a ‘Dahi Handi’ festival organized in Mumbai on the occasion of ‘Janmashtami’ on Monday.
“You can call me.. if you call me saying I have proposed a girl and need your help... I will definitely help you… I will call your parents and ask them…If they say they like that girl then… I will kidnap that girl and give it you… now take my number,” Kadam is heard saying.
बेताल वक्तव्य करणारा भाजपा नेत्यांमध्ये आणखी ऐकाची भर.. रक्षाबंधन , दहिकाला उत्सव या पवित्र सणा दिवशी आमदाराने तोडले आपल्या अकलेचे तारे !
कशा राहतील यांचा राज्यात महिला सुरक्षित? pic.twitter.com/Z5JAx5ewrN
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The video clip that has gone viral has created quite a buzz on social media.
After facing a backlash, Kadam has issued a clarification on his ‘elope’ remark and said that his statement was quoted out of context.
Kadam told ANI, “My statement is being quoted out of context. At that event, I said that all youngsters whether it be a boy or girl should take their parents” in confidence before marrying. If they elope without taking their permission, the parents feel disheartened and it is very wrong to disappoint your parents. After saying so I took a long pause and someone from the audience said something which I repeated on the mike. I also kept speaking after that as well but it was not reported. If I had said anything objectionable, it was being live telecasted and there were a number of journalists present at the venue and someone would have pointed it out. But no one raised an objection because they had heard me completely. To find the true meaning of an address one must listen to it completely,” he said.