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Baba Ramdev tenders apology for intemperate remarks on women

Chairperson of the Maharashtra State Commission for Women, Rupali Chakankar, said that Ramdev has responded to her notice by tendering an apology with regret, but also claiming that his remarks were allegedly twisted out of context.

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

Three days after his remarks on women sparked a furor, Baba Ramdev has tendered apology before the people.

Ramdev has sent an email to Chairperson of the Maharashtra State Commission for Women, Rupali Chakankar, in response to her missive on Friday demanding an explanation for his statement within 72 hours.

Confirming the development, the MSCW chief informed that Ramdev has responded to her missive by tendering an apology with regret, but also claiming that his remarks were allegedly twisted out of context.

“We have received his reply to our notice…However, if there are any more objections or complaints, we shall conduct a full-fledged probe into it and get the full video recording of the programme held last week,” warned Chakankar.

Addressing a free yoga training programme for women in Thane, Baba Ramdev blurted out without batting an eyelid before the gathering, largely comprising women: “Women look good in saris, they look great in salwar suits and in my view, they look good even if they don’t wear anything.”

At that time, Ramdev was flanked by Balasahebanchi, Shiv Sena MP from Thane, Shrikant Shinde, the son of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, and singer Amruta Fadnavis – the wife of the Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis, and other prominent personalities.

The statement spurred calls to “slap, kick and tonsure” Ramdev from various quarters in Maharashtra and other parts of the country.

Agitated over the remarks, top leaders of various parties, including Sanjay Raut, Dr. Manisha Kayande, Kishore Tiwari, Mahesh Tapase, women activists like Aparna Malikar, Trupti Desai, and others attacked the yoga guru, seeking an unconditional apology, booking him for degrading womenfolk and other demands, even as the MSCW slapped a notice.