Hindu Leader says 'item girls should be branded prostitutes'

Navin Tyagi, general secretary of the UP unit of the right wing Hindu Mahasabha demanded that actresses performing item numbers in movies wearing 'skimpy' outfits be branded as prostitutes. He also sought a ban on wearing skirts and jeans by female students in schools and they should not be allowed to carry mobile phones. Tyagi said his group feels that women who earn money by indulging in obscenity are prostitutes who are spreading filth in society. He said he intends to take the matter to the Supreme Court. Tyagi's demands sparked outrage and were condemned as "regressive" by political parties and the National Commission for Women. The National Secretary of the Mahasabha however, distanced himself from the remarks saying they did not know about it. A Congress spokesperson said he was shocked by the comments, as BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra also slammed Tyagi and said the party is for freedom of society, and proud to have a culture where women have led from the front.