Eminent playback singer K J Yesudas known for his earthy nature and his super hit songs, Bhajan and classical numbers both in Bollywood and South Indian cinema, is in a soup over his remark over women wearing jeans. Aggravated at his remark Mahila Congress State President Bindu Krishna took out a morcha and termed him anti –women.
Yesudas, who inaugurated the cleanliness drive under Swachh Bharat Campaign at Swathi Tirunal Music College in Thiruvananthapuram, on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, said that the beauty of women lies in her modesty and women should not wear jeans as it reveals their vital body parts. He said, “What should be covered should be covered.”
“Our Indian culture values simplicity and amiability as the greatest assets of women. However when women put on jeans, men are tempted to look beyond that (jeans). Thus women should not trouble others by wearing jeans,” the veteran singer added.
Kerala-born singer, who had been conferred with the honours like Padma Sri and Padma Vibhushan further added, “Jeans is the dress of men and women should not try to become like men.”
Attacking the legendary singer for his chauvinistic remark, Mahila Congress State President Bindu Krishna, lambasted, “Yesudas’ remark is anti –women. This is a totally unacceptable view. This could be seen only as a transgression on the freedom of women."
She added, “Yesudas is a great singer and all Indians are proud of his contribution to music. It is unfortunate that this sort of an anti-woman comment has come from him.” She further said, “Did Yesudas, who spends many days in America, fails to know about the changes in Kerala society. His retrogressive comments were not fitting for a civilized society.”