'Based on survey, taken out of context': Karnataka Minister issues clarification on 'modern women' remark
The minister added that it is regrettable that a tiny portion of his talk, which lasted nineteen and a half minutes, was taken out of context and missed the more significant point he was attempting to convey.
Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said on Monday that his remark about "modern women being hesitant to marry and unwilling to give birth after marriage children" at an event at NIMHANS was taken out of context and that he had no intention of singling out women. He stated that it was based on a study that included information on how the younger generation felt about it. He added that it is regrettable that a tiny portion of his talk, which lasted nineteen and a half minutes, was taken out of context and missed the more significant point he was attempting to convey.
The minister stated that as a parent of a daughter and a medical doctor by training, he was aware of the sensitivities associated with women and mental health concerns. He referenced a study report published in the Indian Journal of Psychiatry to back up his assertion. Sudhakar stated that his opinion regarding the younger population avoiding marriage and reproduction is also based on a poll.
Sudhakar stated that research and studies have shown that when mental health resources are few, families constitute a vital support system that may aid in the management of various stressful situations. Indian society is collectivist, emphasizing social cohesiveness and interdependence.
The minister went on to say that, in contrast to Western civilization, which emphasizes 'individualism,' Indian society is 'collectivistic,' emphasizing interdependence and cooperation, with the family serving as the focal point of this social system.
According to the results of the YouGov-Mint-CPR Millennial Survey, 19% of millennials are not interested in having children or marrying, according to the minister. He went on to say that another 8% desire children but are not interested in marriage.
The minister stated that he was attempting to express to youth that they may find solutions and consolation for mental health concerns like anxiety, sadness, and stress in our traditional family and its value system, which provides a fantastic support system. "I'd want to emphasize that I had no intention of singling out women, and my comments were not intended to do so," Sudhakar stated. He also encouraged people to read his whole speech on his Facebook page.