Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Anandi Patel on Saturday, made a controversial remark about women saying that they are mostly responsible for spreading litter while speaking about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Clean India' campaign at an event.
At the two-day 'National Youth Convention' in Valsad in Gujarat, Patel said that the women need to make extra efforts to keep the society clean.
She also touched on the issue of female foeticide and said that it was as evil a custom as the old practices of 'sati' or 'doodhpeeti'.
"There was a time when our legendary leaders abolished the traditions like sati (women immolating themselves on the husband's funeral pyre) and doodhpeeti (the practice of killing the unwanted new-born girl by drowning her in vat of milk). Now this modernised society is witnessing the cases of female foeticide, this is shameful," Patel said.
"Women's situation can be improved only if they are given proper education. Education is the only solution for their betterment. A country or a state where women are not given education remains under-developed," Patel added.
She also pointed out that Gujarat government had announced that it would build toilets in every house with the people's participation.
(With PTI inputs)