LUCKNOW || Amid growing criticism over spiralling crimes against women, a minister in the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has courted controversy by exhorting Hindu couples to bear at least five children. The Labour Welfare minister Sunil Bharala has said that while there have been demands that by planning families should be restricted to just two kids.
He added that while there is no law as such but in his “personal opinion“, Hindu families should “think of having at least five children“. The BJP leader also rued that as of now Hindus were restricting their families to just one child. He also said that every family should have three kids of which one should be a girl.
Old values and joint families concept will suffer if this does not happen, he stated further.
It may be pointed out here that the minister in question here is the same one who courted a similar controversy last month when he advocated people to do ‘havan‘ (religious ritual) to wade off the ill-effects of pollution.