Fisheries and Culture Minister Saji Cheriyan
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Culture Minister Saji Cheriyan has stoked controversy with his remarks at an inaugural function of drama workshop for women in Karyavattam campus. During the function, which is part of ministry’s ‘Samam’ project, Cheriyan shared his concerns ‘as a father of three girl children’ and implicitly hinted about the issue regarding the adoption of Anupama's baby that is in the limelight.
Though Cheriyan pinpointed that he has been forced to talk like this manner as he too has three girl children, his remarks about Anupama and her family have sexist and regressive elements. The remarks are now being discussed in social media as the video footages of the speech during the event emerged. Meanwhile, in social media, many are supporting the minister’s statement.
Cherian’s controversial remarks were about how some individuals with immoral life shatter hopes of parents having girl children. But it also implicitly targeted Anupama's conduct. It is important to note that the issue involves CPM linked individuals and there are allegations that government machinery intially tried to hush up the case. Similarly, the investigation on the matter is ongoing.