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Oppn Leaders Lambast Smriti Irani Over ‘Which Gay Men Menstruate’ Comment

| Updated: December 24, 2023 14:23

Women opposition leaders Priyanka Chaturvedi and Supriya Shrinate criticised Union minister Smriti Irani’s comment as to which gay men menstruate saying that the minister did not understand the ambit of the term LGBTQIA+.

The term accommodates many categories apart from gay men and they menstruate, the opposition leaders said.

The comments came after Smriti Irani in an interview clarified her stance on mandatory paid menstruation leave and said the question asked to her in Parliament was ill-intended.

“MP Manoj Jha asked whether the government was planning to out a menstrual hygiene policy and whether the policy would contain provisions for the LGBTQIA community. Which gay men without a uterus has a menstrual cycle?” Smriti Irani said.

“The question was intended either to shock, provoke or to attract attention. Which it did. It did attract attention, it did shock many people, it did provoke controversy, but the question in itself indicates what the intent is,” the minister said.

Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) leader Priyanka Chaturvedi said it was shameful that the minister did not know the ambit of LGBTQIA. “Shameful that we have a minister who doesn’t get the ambit of LGBTQIA+ – a commonly used umbrella term that includes transgenders, many of whom do menstruate. Her arrogance towards an issue, which is a lived experience of many, is shocking & insensitive,” Chaturvedi said.

“LGBTQIA+ is NOT gay men alone, the community includes men and several menstruating women. Minister @smritiirani your apathy, arrogance & ignorance are appalling. Instead of voicing manufactured outrage spend some time and educate yourself on the issue,” Congress leader Supriya Shrinate said.

Smriti Irani’s comment in Parliament that menstruation was not a handicap and the government was not in favour of formulating any policy to make paid leave for periods mandatory triggered criticism. She clarified her stance and said making such a leave mandatory would expose women to bias and harassment at workplace.

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