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Nitish Kumar Apologises After Backlash Over Remarks On Population Control

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has apologised for “derogatory” comments about the role of women’s education in population control made in the state Assembly Tuesday afternoon. He told reporters he meant no disrespect to women and offered to take back his words if they had caused offence.

The remarks were made as he explained why Bihar’s fertility rate has dropped from 4.2 to 2.9 per cent, but the language was slammed as “shameful”, and “vulgar” by the BJP and NCW chief Rekha Sharma.

The National Commission for Women has demanded the Chief Minister apologise.

As the row over the comments gathered pace yesterday, Nitish Kumar was defended by his deputy, Tejashwi Yadav, who claimed the Chief Minister he was talking about sex education in schools.

“Let me clarify something… whatever the Chief Minister said was about sex education. People become hesitant over this topic… but it is taught in schools. He said what needs to be done practically to control the population. This should not be taken in a wrong manner…” he said.

The attempted clarification aside, Nitish Kumar was targeted by the BJP; the opposition party, formerly his ally, called him a man “whose mind is infested with worms from B-grade adult films”.