Byline By- Vinayak Heliwal
Davida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) candidate Dindigul Leoni stirred up big controversy on Wednesday when he made an insensitive comment against women’s body during a campaign meeting.
While trash-talking, Dindigul Leoni compared women with cows, calling them shapeless like ‘barrel’ and adding that they have become fat by ‘drinking the milk of foreign cows’.
In a video clip of the speech doing the rounds on social media, Leoni can be heard saying women ‘have lost their figures, putting on weight after consuming the milk of foreign cows’
“In a cowshed, people use a milking machine for foreign cows. These days, women drink milk from foreign cows because of which they have put on weight. Those days, a woman’s hip resembled the number 8 [had curves]. When she lifted her child, the little one stayed put on the hip. But now they’ve become like a barrel because of which women cannot carry their children on their hips,” Dindigul Leoni said.
Shockingly People present at the event can be seen clapping and laughing.
The incident took place when Leoni, TV talk show judge and DMK’s propaganda secretary, was campaigning for the party’s Thondamuthur candidate, Karthikeya Sivasenapathy.
For the unversed Dindigul Leoni is infamous for making distasteful remarks against women. But this time he has outdone himself and took it to the extreme while talking trash against Women’s body shape and weight.
Though a party member tried to interrupt him Leoni was so interested in making comments about the appearance of women that he was not deterred by the interruption.
Gayathri Raguramm, president of the BJP’s Art and Culture Wing, shared the video and termed it as shameful.
“What a shame what milk does he drink? Does he know what happens to women’s body post-pregnancy or during hormonal changes? @KanimozhiDMK what do you like to say to this kind of male chauvinist? Is this the respect your party people have for women ,” she wrote.
It is unfortunate that as the election season is going in its peak time, we have political leaders showcasing their misogyny and long-held patriarchal views in public speeches.